Etymology
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vodka (n.)

1800, as a Russian word in English, in a description of late 18th century Russian life where it is described as "rectified corn-spirits;" from Russian vodka, literally "little water," diminutive of voda "water" (from PIE *woda-, suffixed form of root *wed- (1) "water; wet") + diminutive suffix -ka.

updated on November 06, 2020

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Definitions of vodka from WordNet

vodka (n.)
unaged colorless liquor originating in Russia;
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