Moonshine
Moonshine Moon"shine`, a. Moonlight. [R.] --Clarendon. [1913 Webster]

2. Empty; trivial; idle. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

3. Designating, or pertaining to, illicit liquor; as, moonshine whisky. [Dial. Eng., & Colloq. or Slang, U. S.] [Webster 1913 Suppl.]


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