from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Plain water, especially when mixed with a liquor such as whiskey.
- n. Chiefly Southern U.S. Water from a stream.
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- n. plain water, especially when mixed with alcoholic beverage.
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- n. pure natural water from a stream or brook; often distinguished from soda water
branch, stream + water.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
First recorded in 1835; the branch here is an american word for creek, a brook, a stream of clean drinkable water. (Wiktionary)