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eau de vie

[ohduh vee; English oh duh vee] /oʊdə ˈvi; English ˌoʊ də ˈvi/
noun, French.
1.
brandy, especially a coarser and less purified variety.
Origin of eau de vie
literally, water of life; cf. aqua vitae
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  • Toward noon there was a rest and these butchers fed us upon biscuit and preserved fruits, giving each a draught of eau de vie.

  • She seems to have taken to drink, for her thefts are mostly of wine and eau de vie.

    She Stands Accused Victor MacClure
  • Joe and his friends, having ordered some eau de vie and water, and lighted their cigars, took their seats near the door.

    The Cruise of the Frolic W.H.G. Kingston
  • Freeze, and serve in sorbet glasses, with eau de vie de Dantzig on top.

  • The drinking of the eau de vie had an effect upon the negro the very reverse of what it would have had upon an Irishman.

    The Maroon Mayne Reid
  • eau de vie de Dantzic is made of brandy, is highly flavored, and contains gold-leaf.

    The Century Cook Book Mary Ronald
  • Pour the eau de vie on immediately before serving, so the silver leaves will show.

  • "This eau de vie puts new life into one," she exclaimed, throwing back her head and putting a flask to her lips.

    Robert Tournay William Sage
  • Perhaps the beer or eau de vie that it no doubt purchased did more good than the oranges would have done me.

    Through St. Dunstan's to Light James H. Rawlinson
  • I rolled up a bit of rag, dipped it in some eau de vie and water that I had with me, and gave it to him to suck.

    The Waif of the "Cynthia" Andr Laurie and Jules Verne
British Dictionary definitions for eau de vie

eau de vie

/əʊ də viː; French od vi/
noun
1.
brandy or other spirits
Word Origin
French, literally: water of life
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