also potheen noun Etymology: Irish poitín, literally, small pot, diminutive of pota pot Date: 1812 whiskey illicitly distilled in Ireland

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  • Poteen — Po*teen , n. [, poitin a small pot.] especially, whisky illicitly distilled by the Irish peasantry. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Poteen — Po*teen , Potheen Po*theen , n. [Ir. poitin a small pot, whisky made in private stills; cf. pota pot, fr. E. pot.] Whisky; especially whisky distilled in a small way privately or illicitly by the Irish peasantry. [Written also {potteen}.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • poteen — illicit whiskey, 1812, from Ir. poitin little pot, suggesting distillation in small quantities, from Eng. POT (Cf. pot) (1) vessel + dim. suffix in, een …   Etymology dictionary

  • poteen — ► NOUN chiefly Irish ▪ illicitly made whisky. ORIGIN from Irish fuisce poitín little pot of whisky …   English terms dictionary

  • poteen — [pō tēn′] n. [Ir poitin, dim. of poite, pot] in Ireland, illicitly distilled whiskey …   English World dictionary

  • Poteen — Poitín, poteen, ou potcheen, est une boisson traditionnelle irlandaise, fortement alcoolisée (degré d alcool : 90% 95%), obtenue par distillation[1]. Le poitín était distillé traditionnellement dans un petit alambic, appelé pot still, car on …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Poteen — Potcheen (auch Poitín oder Poteen, [ˈpˠocʲiːn], deutsch Mondschein) ist ein in Irland verbreiteter Schnaps aus Gerste. Der Name leitet sich ab von pot (Topf) und weist darauf hin, dass er traditionell (illegal) in kleinen Töpfen destilliert wird …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • poteen — noun /pəˈtʃiːn,pəˈtiːn/ Illegally produced Irish whiskey; moonshine. The Irish peasantry practice the distillation of that illicit spirituous liquor, so well known by the name of poteen whiskey, with a most unaccountable infatuation …   Wiktionary

  • poteen — /peuh teen , cheen , theen , poh /, n. 1. the first distillation of a fermented mash in the making of whiskey. 2. illicitly distilled whiskey. Also, potheen. [1805 15; < Ir poitín lit., small pot, dim. of pota POT1] * * * …   Universalium

  • poteen — I Everyday English Slang in Ireland n illegal spirits II Irish Slang illegal Irish spirit/drink …   English dialects glossary

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