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What drink's name derives from a word that means "burnt wine" in Dutch?

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Answer: brandy

In the 17th century, English speakers called brandy brandewine, which was derived from the Dutch brandewijn, burnt wine, so called because brandy was made by distilling wine over a fire.

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