from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Whisky made in Ireland, especially that which is illicitly distilled, sometimes very strong.
The only case before us to-day is one of house-breaking, drunkenness from excessive use of poteen, which is an illegal drink, and resisting arrest by the police.
Before going at the piles of splintered remains with wooden mallets, Mick and Mairtin get juiced on a potent Irish moonshine called poteen and fiddle with the unearthed bits.
We stayed on in County Donegal, Ireland, in the loins of our forefathers, content with poteen and potatoes, stayed on until the Pilgrims had put down the Indians, the Baptists, and the witches; until the Dutch had got all the furs this side Lake Erie.
'Poteen' comes from the Irish Gaelic 'poitin,' small pot.