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samshu

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

Origin of samshu

1690–1700; < dialectal Chinese (Guangdong) sàam-sìu, akin to Chinese sān shāo three boilings, brewings
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  • And then, I suppose, after being kicked for getting tipsy on samshu, the men never drink any more?

    Stan Lynn

    George Manville Fenn


British Dictionary definitions for samshu

samshu

noun
  1. an alcoholic drink from China that is made from fermented rice and resembles sake

Word Origin

C17: perhaps modification of Chinese shao chiu spirits that will burn, from shao to burn + chiu spirits
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