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Sunday, January 27, 2002


\POH-tuh-buhl\ , adjective;
Fit to drink; suitable for drinking; drinkable.
A potable liquid; a beverage, especially an alcoholic beverage.
If you drink from the spring, which is shaded by a fig tree, you will supposedly feel younger and more loving. Unfortunately, you may also feel sick: the government warns that the water is not potable.
-- Gene Burns, "The Stuff of Myths", The Atlantic, September 1999
The park has no showers or potable drinking water--we picked up bottled water in Kaunakakai.
-- Christopher Cottrell, "Molokai's Big Empty", Los Angeles Times, March 11, 2001
He indicates the places for peculiar edibles, and exquisite potables.
-- Isaac D'Israeli, Curiosities of Literature
Also from California, some other off-the-beaten-path potables: the 1994 Gallo-Sonoma "Barrelli Creek" Valdiguie and the 1995 Pellegrini Carignane.
-- Michael Lonsford, "Potables will suit penny-pinching buyers", Houston Chronicle, November 20, 1997
Potable comes from Late Latin potabilis, from Latin potare, "to drink."
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