Definition of Aqua vitae

1. Noun. Strong distilled liquor or brandy.

Definition of Aqua vitae

1. Noun. (alchemy) An aqueous solution of alcohol typically prepared by distilling wine. ¹

2. Noun. (context: chemistry archaic) A concentrated aqueous solution of ethanol. ¹

3. Noun. (context: beverages) French brandy / cognac. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Aqua Vitae

apyrimidinic acid
apyrimidinic site
aq bull
aq dest
aq ferv
aq frig
aqua fortis
aqua regia
aqua vitae (current term)
aquacobalamin reductase

Literary usage of Aqua vitae

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Table Talk and Omniana of Samuel Taylor Coleridge: With Additional Table by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1888)
"... precepts not as doctrines then first revealed, but as truths implanted in the- hearts of men, which their vices only could have obscured. aqua vitae. ..."

2. A History of Taxation and Taxes in England from the Earliest Times to the by Stephen Dowell (1888)
"Raymond Lulli praises aqua vitae. Early use of spirits in Germany. ' The Secrets of Nature ' of L. ... aqua vitae in England. Baker on Distillation, 1575. ..."

3. Life, Letters, and Literary Remains, of John Keats by John Keats, Richard Monckton Milnes Houghton (1848)
"For chalk, I hear, stands at a pretty price ; And as for aqua vitae—there 's a mess! The dentes sapientia of mice Our barber tells me too are on the rise,— ..."

4. The British Novelists: With an Essay, and Prefaces, Biographical and Critical by Barbauld (Anna Letitia), Anna Letitia Aikin Barbauld (1820)
"All the first night we spent in mixing up some combustible matter with aqua vitae, gunpowder, and such other materials as we could get; and, having a good ..."

5. Adventures During a Journey Overland to India: By Way of Egypt, Syria, and by Thomas Skinner (1836)
"Aqua-vitae.—Italian Doctor. February 14th.—As became a good pilgrim, I set out at an early hour this morning, and fell in with a string of Greeks who were ..."

6. The Scottish Antiquary, Or, Northern Notes & Queries edited by Arthur Washington Cornelius Hallen, John Horne Stevenson (1894)
"What was aqua vitae ? It is mentioned in The Red Book of Ossory, so early as the fourteenth century, and a description is given of the mode of distillation: ..."

7. Twelfth Night: Or, What You Will by William Shakespeare, Henry Norman Hudson (1911)
"Nay, but say true; does it work upon him ? SIR TOBY. Like aqua-vitae with a midwife. 180 MARIA. If you will then see the fruits of the sport, mark his first ..."

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