1. A compound
made in Ireland and Scotland; whisky. "The Scottish returns being
vested in grouse, white
hares, pickled salmon, and usquebaugh." (Sir W. Scott)
2. A liquor
compounded of brandy, or another strong spirit, raisins, cinnamon
and another spices.
Origin: Ir. Or Gael. Uisge beatha, literally, water
of life; uisge water
+ beatha life; akin
to Gr. Bios life. See Fast, and cf. Whisky.
Source: Websters Vocabulary