aqua vitae

aqua vitae
aqua vitae (n.) early 15c., Latin, lit. "water of life," an alchemical term for unrefined alcohol. Applied to brandy, whiskey, etc. from 1540s. Cf. WHISKEY (Cf. whiskey), also Fr. eau-de-vie "spirits, brandy," lit. "water of life."

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  • aqua vitae — [vīt′ē] n. [ML, spirit distilled from wine and herbs, alcohol, lit., water of life (> ME aqua vite, brandy, Dan akvavit, Ger aquavit) < L aqua, water + gen. of vita, life: see VITAL & WHISKEY] 1. Alchemy alcohol 2. brandy or other strong… …   English World dictionary

  • aqua vitae — лат. (аква витэ) «живая вода», т. е. водка. Толковый словарь иностранных слов Л. П. Крысина. М: Русский язык, 1998 …   Словарь иностранных слов русского языка

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  • aqua vitae — aqua vi·tae .ak wə vīt ē, .äk n a strong alcoholic liquor …   Medical dictionary

  • aqua vitae — /vuy tee, vee tee/ 1. alcohol. 2. spirituous liquor, as brandy or whiskey. [1375 1425; late ME aqua vite < L: water of life; cf. AQUAVIT, WHISKEY] * * * …   Universalium

  • aqua vitae — noun Etymology: Middle English, from Medieval Latin, literally, water of life Date: 15th century a strong alcoholic liquor (as brandy) …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • aqua vitae — noun a) An aqueous solution of alcohol typically prepared by distilling wine. b) A concentrated aqueous solution of ethanol …   Wiktionary

  • aqua vitae —  (Lat.) Water of life ; used to describe whiskeys and other alcoholic spirits …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors