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  • n. An improvised alcoholic drink made by fermenting whatever ingredients are available.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a liquor concocted from a mixture of ingredients (such as prunes and raisins and milk and sugar) that can be fermented to produce alcohol; made by prison inmates


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  • There's a homemade wine called pruno, which is very exciting.

    CNN Transcript Jun 21, 2003

  • There's no "pruno," the homemade prison wine she often finds.

    The Seattle Times

  • Kim Bassinger is so hard core she makes pruno in her snatch.


  • The infractions mentioned were not that bad: mutilating a curtain; possessing “pruno” an alcoholic beverage that cons distill from yeast and any fruit or vegetable matter they can get their hands on: potatoes, apples, oranges; and refusing to allow a guard to search him for a club he had hidden under his jacket.

    Without Pity

  • Guards, especially "good" guards with records of mildness and fair dealing, were given a miserably hard time; and several guards, good and bad, were engaged in bare-knuckle combat by convicts made brave with home-brewed pruno.

    Why Prisoners Riot

  • Really, how much pruno have you drank while in prison amigo?


  • I've seen finer batches of pruno turned out in the state prison system that what you can find in Lodi's wineries.


  • One afternoon everybody (except the sheriffs) were put on alert, because the "south-side" car was planning on making some pruno, and inside the walls of the camp that meant drunken gang members, which led to riots, usually.

    Strange Reaction

  • Inmates desperate to get high still rely on an old standard - pruno - a potent prison wine concocted from hoarded fruit and ketchup using the water in cell toilet bowls.

    San Jose Mercury News podcasts (all)

  • Prison inmates are an innovative bunch (case in point: pruno), so it should be of no big surprise that they've found ways to smuggle contrabands into prison.



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