• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Aqua-vitae an old name for alcohol, used of brandy, whisky, &c.; cf. Fr. eau de vie, and usquebaugh
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. aqua, water, fortis, strong.


In literature:

He had found time to open the corner cupboard and bring out a great case bottle of aqua vitae, and now sat with his back towards me at the table.
"Kidnapped" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Give me a baioccho for a glass of aqua vitae!
"Zanoni" by Edward Bulwer Lytton
Bradford mentions "aqua vitae" as a constituent of their lunch on the exploring party of November 15.
"The Mayflower and Her Log, Complete" by Azel Ames
In one dark corner lurked kegs of powder and of shot; another was the haunt of aqua vitae and right Jamaica.
"Audrey" by Mary Johnston
Aqua vini and aqua vitae, 245.
"An Illustrated History of Ireland from AD 400 to 1800" by Mary Frances Cusack
They stayed that and brought him round with aqua vitae.
"The Life and Death of Richard Yea-and-Nay" by Maurice Hewlett
I found bread, salt-beef, tongue, a couple of pasties, several bottles of burgundy, a jar of aqua vitae, but no water.
"The MS. in a Red Box" by John Arthur Hamilton
I wish I could see their stall and drink aqua vitae with them.
"Sea and Sardinia" by D. H. Lawrence
But we had some aqua vitae, and didn't much care for hours.
"Rob of the Bowl, Vol. I (of 2)" by John P. Kennedy
You been puddling aqua vitae, dang my buttons an you bean't.
"With Drake on the Spanish Main" by Herbert Strang

In poetry:

Oh! grace, grace, grace! This wealthy grace doth lay
Her golden channels from Thy father's throne,
Into our earthen pitchers to convey
Heaven's aqua vitae to s for our own.
O! Let Thy golden gutters run into
My cup this liquor till it overflow.
"Preparatory Meditations - First Series: 32" by Edward Taylor

In news:

Aqua Vita Farms in Sherrill is an indoor aquaponic farm growing seafood and produce for mainly wholesale distribution.