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po•teen  (pə tēn, -chēn, -thēn, pō-),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Winethe first distillation of a fermented mash in the making of whiskey.
  2. Wineillicitly distilled whiskey.
Also,  potheen. 
  • Irish poitín literally, small pot, diminutive of pota pot1
  • 1805–15

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poteen, poitín /pɒˈtiːn/ n
  1. (in Ireland) illicit spirit, often distilled from potatoes
Etymology: 19th Century: from Irish poitín little pot, from pota pot

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