poteen

poteen

[puh-teen, -cheen, -theen, poh-]
noun
1.
the first distillation of a fermented mash in the making of whiskey.
2.
illicitly distilled whiskey.
Also, potheen.


Origin:
1805–15; < Irish poitín literally, small pot, diminutive of pota pot1

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poteen or poitín (pɒˈtiːn)
 
n
(in Ireland) illicit spirit, often distilled from potatoes
 
[C19: from Irish poitín little pot, from pota pot]
 
poitín or poitín
 
n
 
[C19: from Irish poitín little pot, from pota pot]

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poteen
"illicit whiskey," 1812, from Ir. poitin "little pot," suggesting distillation in small quantities, from Eng. pot (1) "vessel" + dim. suffix -in, -een.
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