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 (pə-tēn′, pō-, pə-chēn′)
Unlawfully distilled Irish whiskey.

[Irish Gaelic poitín, small pot, poteen, from pota, pot, from English pot.]
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(pɒˈtiːn) or


(Brewing) (in Ireland) illicit spirit, often distilled from potatoes
[C19: from Irish poitín little pot, from pota pot]
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(pəˈtin, -ˈtʃin, -ˈθin, poʊ-)

(in Ireland) illicitly distilled whiskey.
[1805–15; < Irish poitín literally, small pot, diminutive of pota pot1]
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An Irish word meaning little pot, used to mean Irish whiskey distilled illegally.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.poteen - unlawfully distilled Irish whiskey
Irish whiskey, Irish whisky, Irish - whiskey made in Ireland chiefly from barley
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[pɒˈtiːn, pɒˈtʃiːn] Naguardiente m, whiskey m (irlandés, destilado ilegalmente)
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Poteen or poitin (pronounced "po-CHEEN") is a traditional, un-aged Irish spirit made in small pot stills that provide its name.
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