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chow mein(chou′ mān′)
A dish consisting of stewed vegetables, often with chopped meat or shrimp, served over fried noodles.
[From a Chinese dialectal form akin to Cantonese caau2 min6 (equivalent to Mandarin chǎomián) : caau2, to stir-fry (from Middle Chinese tʂha⋮w´) + min6, noodles (from Middle Chinese mjian`).]
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(Cookery) a Chinese-American dish, consisting of mushrooms, meat, shrimps, etc, served with fried noodles
[from Chinese (Cantonese), variant of Mandarin ch'ao mien fried noodles]
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a Chinese-style dish of steamed or stir-fried vegetables and chicken, shrimp, etc., served with fried noodles.
[1900–05, Amer.; < Chinese chǎo fry + miàn noodles]
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