spruce beer
noun Date: 1744 a beverage flavored with spruce; especially one made from spruce twigs and leaves boiled with molasses or sugar and fermented with yeast

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  • Spruce beer — is a beverage flavored with the buds, needles, or essence of spruce trees. Spruce has been a traditional flavoring ingredient throughout the upper latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere where it is found, often substituting for ingredients… …   Wikipedia

  • Spruce beer — Spruce Spruce (spr[udd]s), n. [OE. Spruce or Pruse, Prussia, Prussian. So named because it was first known as a native of Prussia, or because its sprouts were used for making, spruce beer. Cf. Spruce beer, below, {Spruce}, a.] 1. (Bot.) Any… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spruce beer — spruce′ beer n. vin a fermented beverage made with spruce leaves and twigs, or an extract from them • Etymology: 1490–1500 …   From formal English to slang

  • spruce beer — n. a fermented beverage made with an extract of spruce leaves and twigs …   English World dictionary

  • Spruce-beer — (engl., spr. ßprūß bīr), Sprossenbier, s. Bier, S. 847 …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • spruce beer — a fermented beverage made with spruce leaves and twigs, or an extract from them. [1490 1500] * * * …   Universalium

  • spruce beer — noun a fermented drink using spruce twigs and needles as flavouring …   English new terms dictionary

  • spruce beer — noun a brew made by fermenting molasses and other sugars with the sap of spruce trees (sometimes with malt) • Hypernyms: ↑brew, ↑brewage …   Useful english dictionary

  • spruce-beer — (sprou se bir) s. f. Sorte de bière qu on boit en Angleterre (voy. pruce) …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • Spruce — (spr[udd]s), n. [OE. Spruce or Pruse, Prussia, Prussian. So named because it was first known as a native of Prussia, or because its sprouts were used for making, spruce beer. Cf. Spruce beer, below, {Spruce}, a.] 1. (Bot.) Any coniferous tree of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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