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Any of various strong distilled alcoholic drinks, as:
a. a liquor made in Latin America from sugarcane, often flavored with anise.
b. a brandy made in Spain and Portugal from the pomace of grapes.

[Spanish : agua, water (from Latin aqua; see akw-ā- in Indo-European roots) + ardiente, hot, scalding, blazing (from Old Spanish, from Latin ārdēns, ārdent-, present participle of ārdēre, to burn; see as- in Indo-European roots).]
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(Brewing) any inferior brandy or similar spirit, esp from Spain, Portugal, or South America
[C19: literally: burning water]
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