plural -s
: an alcoholic liquor distilled in China usually from rice or large millet

Word History


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

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“Samshu.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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