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alcoholic beverage: now humorous
Origin: calque of Ojibwa ishkodewaaboo, ardent spirits (rum, brandy, whiskey) < ishkodew-, fire + -aaboo, water, liquid
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Strong liquor, especially whiskey.
Origin: Translation of Ojibwa ishkodewaaboo, whiskey.