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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.

    Jay Weston: Yo Ho Ho & a Bottle of Rum

  • John Eliot spelled it "rumb," and Josselyn called it plainly "that cussed liquor, Rhum, rumbullion, or kill-devil."

    Customs and Fashions in Old New England


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  • Usage/historical note in comment on punch.

    January 18, 2017

  • When pirates have counted the dead

    And drunk to the full and been fed,

    The gossoon and scullion

    Will quaff their rumbullion

    And stumble off witless to bed.

    See also rumbo.

    September 10, 2015