Aqua-vitae meaning

vītē
Strong distilled alcohol, especially a strong liquor such as whiskey or brandy.
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(alchemy) Alcohol.
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Brandy or other strong liquor.
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(alchemy) An aqueous solution of alcohol typically prepared by distilling wine.
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(chemistry, archaic) A concentrated aqueous solution of ethanol.
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(beverages) French brandy / cognac.
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Origin of aqua-vitae

  • Middle English aqua vite from Medieval Latin aqua vītae aquavit

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin aqua "water" and vitae "of life", meaning "water of life".

    From Wiktionary