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a·qua·vit  audio  (äkw-vt) KEY 

NOUN:
A strong clear Scandinavian liquor distilled from potato or grain mash and flavored with caraway seed.

ETYMOLOGY:
Swedish, Danish,, and Norwegian akvavit from Medieval Latin aqua vtae, highly distilled spirits : Latin aqua, water ; see aqua + Latin vtae, genitive of vta, life ; see vital


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