water of life

Definition of water of life

1 : something that gives spiritual refreshment or eternal life
2 [translation of Medieval Latin aqua vitae] : a strong distilled alcoholic drink (as brandy or whiskey)

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History and Etymology for water of life

Middle English water of lif, translation of Late Latin aqua vitae (as in Revelation 22:1), translation of Greek hydōr zōēs

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“Water of life.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20of%20life. Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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