from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Slang Strong liquor, especially whiskey.
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- n. High proof alcohol, especially whiskey (especially in the context of its sale to or consumption by Native Americans).
- n. High temperature hydraulic condensate discharged from industrial boilers.
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- n. any strong spirits (such as strong whisky or rum)
They bring out the aguardiente, the firewater, which is about eighty percent pure alcohol.
In fact, it's an aguardiente, or "firewater" liquor between between 30 and 60% alcohol content.
Monnet was a lapsed Catholic who married a divorcee - with a somewhat shady past which included selling, illegally, "firewater" to Canadian Indians.
But what kind of firewater is that, my dear, if you can drink it?
At least, the aboriginal races do not resist well the epidemics introduced by the whites; and many tribes have been exterminated by the effects of the 'firewater' and the vicious habits brought in by more civilised men.
Who makes the "firewater," and who supplies the untutored savage with the means of intoxication?
They commenced supplying them with "firewater," thus attacking them in a weak point.
A loquacious Indian, after being generously dosed with "firewater," had told them of a lonely unknown place in the wilderness, where the ground was literally strewn with gold.
There are very few red men who will not steal; and they are so fond of "firewater," or intoxicating drink, that they are likely to commit worse crimes.
He was fond of "firewater," was an inveterate thief, sullen and revengeful, quarrelsome at all times; and, when under the influence of drink, was feared almost as much by his own people as by the whites.