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[fahyuh r-waw-ter, -wot-er] /ˈfaɪərˌwɔ tər, -ˌwɒt ər/
alcoholic drink; liquor.
Origin of firewater
1820-30; fire + water; probably a translation of an expression in an Algonquian language, as Ojibwa iškote·wa·po· whiskey (earlier, other distilled liquors), equivalent to iškote·w-, combining form of iškote· fire + -a·po· liquid Unabridged
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  • The dining room is casual, the food simple but generous, with wine from nearby and the offer of some firewater after dinner.
  • Only ultra low sulfur diesel fuel shall be fired in the emergency generator and the firewater pump.
  • On-road specification diesel will be the only fuel for the emergency generator and firewater pump.
  • The only source of other pollutants will be an emergency firewater pump that will operate on diesel fuel.
  • The wastewater can then be used as make-up water for the firewater system as necessary or discharged.
British Dictionary definitions for firewater


any strong spirit, esp whisky
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Word Origin and History for firewater

"alcoholic liquor," 1826, American English, supposedly from American Indians, from fire (n.) + water (n.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for firewater



Liquor; booze

[1826+; the term is attributed to North American Indians]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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