Definition of kaoliang in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌkoulēˈaNG/


Sorghum of a variety grown in China and used to make dough and alcoholic drinks.
  • Sorghum bicolor variety nervosum, family Gramineae.
Example sentences
  • A liquid fermented product, such as a Taiwan kaoliang wine or a rice wine, is contained in the aging tank.
  • As for unsalvageable crops, farmers will be paid NT $11 per kilogram of corn and NT $10.5 for kaoliang.
  • Recombinant inbred lines were generated from a cross between SRN39, an African caudatum genotype, and SQR, a Chinese kaoliang line.


Early 20th century: from Chinese gāoliang, from gāo 'high' + liáng 'fine grain'.

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Syllabification: kao·li·ang

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