tiswin


tiswin
(tesgüino [tesgwíno], from Tarahumara tecuín [tekwín] < Nahuatl tecuino 'to beat fast [referring to the heart]' or 'to be hot')
   A mildly intoxicating drink brewed by the Apaches for religious ceremonies. Santamaría indicates that tesgüino is used in religious celebrations by the Tarahumara Indians who obtain it by fermenting liquid extracted from kernels of corn. Tecuín is another acceptable spelling, which Santamaría says preceded tesgüino. Cobos references tesgüín or tisgüín as "homemade corn liquor"; the OED also notes that it can be made from wheat or mesquite beans.
   Alternate forms: teshuino, tizwin.

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