seltzer

seltzer

[selt-ser]
noun
1.
(sometimes initial capital letter) a naturally effervescent mineral water containing common salt and small quantities of sodium, calcium, and magnesium carbonates.
2.
tap water that has been commercially filtered, carbonated, and bottled with no addition of minerals or mineral salts.
Also called seltzer water.


Origin:
1735–45; < German Selterser named after Selters, a village near Wiesbaden; see -er1

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Seltzer (ˈsɛltsə)
 
n
1.  a natural effervescent water with a high content of minerals
2.  a similar synthetic water, used as a beverage
 
[C18: changed from German Selterser Wasser water from (Nieder) Selters, district where mineral springs are located, near Wiesbaden, Germany]

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seltzer
1741, from Ger. Selterser (Wasser), a kind of mineral water, lit. "of Selters," village near Weisbaden in Hesse-Nassau, where the mineral water is found.
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