shochu

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Japanese 焼酎 (shōchū しょうちゅう), from Middle Chinese 燒酒 (ʃew-t͡sjúw "liquor") (compare Mandarin shāojiǔ 烧酒, Korean soju 소주), from ("burn", "flammable") + ("alcohol").

Noun[edit]

shochu (uncountable)

  1. A Japanese alcoholic beverage, most commonly distilled from barley, sweet potato or rice. Typically it is 25% alcohol by volume, making it weaker than whisky, but stronger than wine and sake.

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