samshu

samshu

[sam-shoo, -syoo]
noun
a Chinese liqueur distilled from millet or rice.

Origin:
1690–1700; < dialectal Chinese (Guangdong) sàam-sìu, akin to Chinese sān shāo three boilings, brewings

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samshu (ˈsæmʃuː, -sjuː)
 
n
an alcoholic drink from China that is made from fermented rice and resembles sake
 
[C17: perhaps modification of Chinese shao chiu spirits that will burn, from shao to burn + chiu spirits]

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