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 (ŭs′kwĭ-bô′, -bä′)
n. Irish & Scots

[Scottish Gaelic uisge beatha and Irish Gaelic uisce beatha, water of life, whiskey (translation of Medieval Latin aqua vītae) : Old Irish uisce, water; see wed- in Indo-European roots + Old Irish bethad, genitive of bethu, life; see gwei- in Indo-European roots.]






1. (Brewing) Irish the former name for whiskey
2. (Brewing) Scot the former name for whisky
3. (Brewing) an Irish liqueur flavoured with coriander
[C16: from Irish Gaelic uisce beathadh or Scottish Gaelic uisge beatha water of life]


(ˈʌs kwɪˌbɔ, -ˌbɑ)

(in Scotland and Ireland) whiskey.
[1575–85; < Irish uisce beatha or Scottish Gaelic uisge beatha]
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'Sound, captain, sound!' cried the blind man; 'what does my noble captain drink--is it brandy, rum, usquebaugh? Is it soaked gunpowder, or blazing oil?
(A precursor of whisky was called "usquebaugh" - or "water of life" in Gaelic).
In fact, the word whisky itself is derived from an old Gaelic word 'uisge beatha' or 'usquebaugh' which literally translates to 'water of life.' Whisky's reference to water is quite apt since whisky is usually drunk in times of joy or celebrations or during rough times when one needs the warmth of creature comforts.
a door through which to exit to usquebaugh, behind which