American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A clear, very strong Chinese liquor distilled from sorghum.
- After Mao-Tai, a town of Guizhou province, China. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Asians are proud of their local beverages, like sake in Japan, soju in Korea, and mao-tai in China.”
“•At each place at banquets, the Chinese set three glasses: a large one for beer, soda, or mineral water; a small wineglass; and a stemmed shot glass used for toasting usually with mao-tai, a very strong sorghum liquor.”
“They may serve mao-tai or other local liquor sometime during the meal.”
“A half-dozen times on the trip Chang and Sen had sat in the hold, sipped the potent mao-tai that the captain always had in good supply on his ship and talked about life in China and in the United States.”
“He smoked three packs of cigarettes a day and drank liters of Tsingtao beer and mao-tai; soon he was winded and the little-used muscles in his legs started to cramp painfully.”
“He won the hand and laughed then poured mao-tai into the glasses of everyone at the table, except the dealer, who was not allowed to drink.”
“In any case, the mao-tai was vile, worse than the cheapest grappa.”
“He was drinking the mao-tai with a little more gusto.”
“Everyone had a tiny glass of mao-tai, which really was like drinking flavored lighter fluid, as he'd been warned.”
“The waiter came over, and with Nomuri's assent she ordered mao-tai, a fiery local liqueur.”
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