from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An alcohol distilled from potatoes: it is made chiefly in Germany.
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On the rough trestles a number of glasses, half filled with raw potato-spirit, gave the keynote to the temper of the assembly.
So vile a drink there is not elsewhere in the world; arrack, and potato-spirit, and all the other killing extracts of the distiller are not equal to it.
This can do no harm; the addition is homogeneous and chemically combines with the grape-juice; but when potato-spirit and cane-rum are substituted for alcohol distilled from wine, the result is bad.
One of the heads of these two new households started a distillery of potato-spirit, and the other was a wool-washer; each combined these occupations with his official work, and in this way two valuable industries were created among us.