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Origin of vodka
- Russian diminutive of voda water wed-1 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Slavic voda, woda, meaning water, plus the diminutive suffix -ka. Historical documentary research of V. Pokhlyobkin suggests the derivation via the usage "dilution (of distillate) with water", as used in expressions "vodka of grain wine" and similar; хлебное вино (xlebnoje vino, “grain wine") is an archaic Russian name for vodka.
- The standard of identity is from the Code of Federal Regulations, title 27, section 5.22(a)(1).