alcoholic liquor: now humorous
Origin of firewatercalque of Ojibwa ishkodewaaboo, ardent spirits (rum, brandy, whiskey) from ishkodew-, fire + -aaboo, water, liquid
Strong liquor, especially whiskey.
Origin of firewaterTranslation of an Algonquian term such as Ojibwa ishkodewaaboo whiskey ishkode fire -waaboo liquid (whiskey being so called because of the burning sensation produced by liquor in the mouth and throat)
(countable and uncountable, plural firewaters)