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schnapps

[shnahps, shnaps] /ʃnɑps, ʃnæps/
noun
1.
(in Europe) any strong, dry spirit, as slivovitz, aquavit, or kirsch.
2.
a drink of schnapps.
Also, schnaps.
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20; < German, < Dutch or Low German snaps literally, gulp, mouthful, derivative of snappen to snap
Can be confused
schnapps, snaps.
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schnapps

/ʃnæps/
noun
1.
a Dutch spirit distilled from potatoes
2.
(in Germany) any strong spirit
Word Origin
C19: from German Schnaps, from schnappen to snap
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Word Origin and History for schnaps
schnapps
1818, kind of Holland gin, from Ger. Schnaps, lit. "a mouthful, gulp," from Low Ger. snaps, from snappen "to snap" (see snap).
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