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- n. Rum (the spirit)
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A great tumult.
- n. A strong distilled liquor. See the quotation, and rum.
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In its 400+ years of production, rum (a contraction of the word "rumbullion" -- meaning strong liquor) has been the single most mixed liquor in the bartending world, second only to vodka in sales.
John Eliot spelled it "rumb," and Josselyn called it plainly "that cussed liquor, Rhum, rumbullion, or kill-devil."