kao·​liang | \ ¦kau̇lē¦äŋ\
variants: or less commonly koaliang \ ¦kōl-​ \ or kowliang \ ¦kau̇l-​ , ¦kōl-​ \
plural -s

Definition of kaoliang

1 : any of various grain sorghums that have slender dry pithy stalks, open erect panicles, and small white or brown seeds and are grown chiefly in China and Manchuria for their grain which is used for food and stalks which are used for fodder, thatching, and fuel
2 : a spiritous liquor made in China from the juice of kaoliang stalks

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History and Etymology for kaoliang

Chinese (Pekingese) kȧo1 liang2, literally, tall grain, from kao1 high, tall + liang2 grain

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