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root beer

a carbonated beverage flavored with syrup made from the extracted juices of roots, barks, and herbs that have been fermented with sugar and yeast.
Origin of root beer
1835-45, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • In a few minutes he was able to go with his friends and show them where the root-beer and soda-water bottles were hidden.

    The Wizard of the Sea Roy Rockwood
  • It used to be cleaner, but Butsey White blew up with a root-beer bottle and spattered it.

    The Eternal Boy Owen Johnson
  • Then he poured in the small bottle of root-beer extract which Harris handed him, and added a few grains of quinine.

    Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking
  • So far as the young people were concerned, the root-beer went much more rapidly than the boneset.

    Winter Fun William O. Stoddard
  • Bottles of root-beer and ginger ale mingled with sarsparilla in forming a shower of cooling drinks.

  • The first thing we did was to bury our bottle of root-beer in a pool up to its neck and mark the place with two white stones.

    Us and the Bottleman Edith Ballinger Price
British Dictionary definitions for root-beer

root beer

(US & Canadian) an effervescent drink made from extracts of various roots and herbs
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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