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aquavit

[ah-kwuh-veet, ak-wuh-] /ˈɑ kwəˌvit, ˈæk wə-/
noun
1.
a dry spirit, especially of Scandinavia, made from redistilled grain or potato alcohol and usually flavored with caraway seeds.
Also, akvavit.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; < Danish, Swedish, Norwegian akvavit, aquavit < Latin aqua vīt(ae) water of life
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  • It was a good, strong cheese but no one could taste the aquavit.
  • aquavit has a pure, fresh dill flavor with a hint of aniseed and a tasty trace of sweetness for the after-taste.
British Dictionary definitions for aquavit

aquavit

/ˈækwəˌvɪt/
noun
1.
a grain- or potato-based spirit from the Scandinavian countries, flavoured with aromatic seeds and spices, esp caraway Also called akvavit
Word Origin
from Scandinavian; see aqua vitae
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