aqua vitae

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aqua vi·tae

Strong distilled alcohol, especially a strong liquor such as whiskey or brandy.

[Middle English aqua vite, from Medieval Latin aqua vītae; see aquavit.]
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aqua vitae

(ˈviːtaɪ; ˈvaɪtiː)
(Brewing) an archaic name for brandy
[Medieval Latin: water of life]
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aq′ua vi′tae

(ˈvaɪ ti, ˈvi taɪ)
a strong alcoholic liquor, as brandy or whiskey.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin: water of life]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.aqua vitae - strong distilled liquor or brandyaqua vitae - strong distilled liquor or brandy  
booze, hard drink, hard liquor, John Barleycorn, liquor, spirits, strong drink - an alcoholic beverage that is distilled rather than fermented
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References in classic literature ?
The caches were again opened, supplies of various kinds taken out, and a liberal allowance of aqua vitae distributed throughout the camp, to celebrate with proper conviviality this merry meeting.
He had found time to open the corner cupboard and bring out a great case bottle of aqua vitae, and now sat with his back towards me at the table.
Many a cigar had been smoked within his premises--many a glass of wine, or more potent aqua vitae, had been quaffed--many a dinner had been eaten by curious strangers, who, save for the fortunate conjunction of Mr.
All the first night we spent in mixing up some combustible matter, with aqua vitae, gunpowder, and such other materials as we could get; and having a good quantity of tar in a little pot, about an hour after night we set out upon our expedition.
Matfen Hall Hotel will be supporting the vital work of charity Carers Northumberland, following a three-year partnership with Tynedale Hospice at Home, which saw around PS20,000 being raised by staff, guests and members of the hotel's award-winning golf club and Aqua Vitae health club and spa.
It is said that the current spelling arose from the mispronunciation of the Irish uisce, written uisge in Scotland's uisge beatha, literally 'water of life.' This was a direct translation of the Latin aqua vitae, the name given to distilled alcohol by the Irish monks during the Middle Ages.
The first government record of Uisge Beatha was in 1494 when a government paper instructed Tironensian monk Friar John Cor, from Lindores Abbey, Fife, to be given "eight bolls" of malt to make "aqua vitae" for King James IV.
Available at For him AQUA VITAE, PS40 Aqua Vitae is a new spirit from Lindores Abbey in Fife, where the journey of single malt whisky began in 1494.
One version of the drink listed in a 17th and 18th century manuscript recipe book required two quarts of aqua vitae, infused with damask rose water, white sugar, raisins and ambergris - a substance produced in the digestive systems of whales.
Lindores Abbey Distillery in Fife has been described as the "spiritual home" of whisky and exchequer rolls from 1494 show that Friar John Cor of the abbey paid duty on eight 'bolls' of malt to make 'aqua vitae', or alcohol, for King James IV.
There is a usual drink made thereof with aqua vitae and spices frequently and without any offence or danger but to good purpose used in qualms and passions of the heart'.