samshu

noun

sam·​shu
ˈsam¦shü,
-¦syü
plural -s
: an alcoholic liquor distilled in China usually from rice or large millet

Word History

Etymology

perhaps from Chinese (Pekingese) shao1 ciu3 spirits that will burn, samshu, from shao1 to burn + chiu3 wine, spirits

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“Samshu.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/samshu. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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