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aguardiente

Pronunciation: [ah-gwahr-dee-EN-tay; ah-gwahr-dee-EN-tay day KAH-nyah]

Spanish for "burned water" (akin to North America's fire water), aguardiente is a generic term for any of several potent, low quality spirits. In Spain, the term refers to a brandy-based potable made from marc. The South American aguardiente de caña is a coarse liquor based on sugar cane and sometimes flavored with anise seed. See also cachaça.