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samshu

[ sam-shoo, -syoo ]
/ ˈsæm ʃu, -syu /
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noun

a Chinese liqueur distilled from millet or rice.

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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
  • Mr. and Mrs. Newbegin were waiting on the veranda and the marines had been having a little samshu.

    Mortmain|Arthur Cheny Train

British Dictionary definitions for samshu

samshu
/ (ˈsæmʃuː, -sjuː) /

noun

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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