Firewater meaning

fīr'wô'tər, -wŏt'ər
Strong liquor, especially whiskey.
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Alcoholic liquor.
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High proof alcohol, especially whiskey (especially in the context of its sale to or consumption by Native Americans).
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High temperature hydraulic condensate discharged from industrial boilers.
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Origin of firewater

  • Translation of Ojibwa ishkodewaaboo whiskey
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • fire +‎ water, a calque of Ojibwe ishkodewaaboo (“alcohol”), from ishkode (“fire”) + aaboo (“liquid”, glossed in older works as “water”).
    From Wiktionary