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poteen

[puh-teen, -cheen, -theen, poh-] /pəˈtin, -ˈtʃin, -ˈθin, poʊ-/
noun
1.
the first distillation of a fermented mash in the making of whiskey.
2.
illicitly distilled whiskey.
Also, potheen.
Origin
1805-1815
1805-15; < Irish poitín literally, small pot, diminutive of pota pot1
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poteen

/pɒˈtiːn/
noun
1.
(in Ireland) illicit spirit, often distilled from potatoes
Word Origin
C19: from Irish poitín little pot, from pota pot
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Word Origin and History for poteen
n.

"illicit whiskey," 1812, from Irish poitin "little pot," suggesting distillation in small quantities, from English pot (n.1) "vessel" + diminutive suffix -in, -een.

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