白酒

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Chinese[edit]

 
white; empty; blank; bright; clear; plain; pure; gratuitous
alcoholic drink
simp. and trad.
(白酒)

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白酒

  1. baijiu (distilled liquor)
  2. white wine

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To distinguish baijiu from white wine, white wine can be called 白葡萄酒 (báipútáojiǔ).

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Etymology 1[edit]

Kanji in this term
しろ
Grade: 1
さけ > ざけ
Grade: 3
kun’yomi

Compound of (shiro, white) +‎ (sake, liquor). The sake reading for changes to zake as an instance of rendaku (連濁)..

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白酒 (hiragana しろざけ, rōmaji shirozake)

  1. a white, unfiltered, sweet, and sometimes thick porridge-like fermented liquor made from rice; traditionally served at 雛祭り (Hina matsuri) and other festivals
  2. alternate name for 濁酒 (doburoku), 濁り酒 (nigorizake): white unfiltered and sweet sake
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Etymology 2[edit]

Compound of (shiro, white) +‎ (ki, liquor). The ki reading for is archaic.

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白酒 (hiragana しろき, rōmaji shiroki)

  1. white fermented liquor made from rice, used as an offering at Shinto rituals
    Fermented from specially selected rice, with half used as shiroki and half mixed with incense ash and used as kuroki (黒酒). Used in particular at the 大嘗祭 (daijōsai) and 新嘗祭 (nīnamesai) rituals held in late November, wherein the emperor would beseech the gods for a good harvest in the year to come.
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Etymology 3[edit]

Compound of (shiro, white) +‎ (sasa, liquor). The sasa reading for is a  (にょう) (ぼう) (ことば) (nyōbō kotoba), a term only used by women.

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白酒 (hiragana しろささ, rōmaji shirosasa)

  1. a  (にょう) (ぼう) (ことば) (nyōbō kotoba) or "women's word" for shirozake

Etymology 4[edit]

From Middle Chinese 白酒 (MC bˠæk̚ t͡sɨuX).

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白酒 (hiragana はくしゅ, rōmaji hakushu)

  1. generic term for nigorizake, doburoku, shirozake
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This reading using the on'yomi is considered slightly more formal, rather like how words in English that have Latin or Greek roots are considered slightly more formal than synonyms that have Anglo-Saxon roots.

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Etymology 5[edit]

From modern Mandarin 白酒 (báijiǔ).

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白酒 (hiragana ぱいちゅう, katakana パイチュー, rōmaji paichū)

  1. Chinese distilled liquor
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This reading is more often spelled in katakana as パイチュー to differentiate from the default hakushu on'yomi for these characters.