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1. A Chinese preserve of fruits, fruit peels, and ginger.
2. A relish consisting of chopped vegetables pickled in mustard.
[Pidgin English, possibly from reduplication of Cantonese zaap6, food, mixture; see chow2.]
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1. (Breeds) a thick-coated breed of the spitz type of dog with a curled tail and a characteristic blue-black tongue; it came originally from China. Often shortened to: chow
2. (Cookery) a Chinese preserve of ginger, orange peel, etc in syrup
3. (Cookery) a mixed vegetable pickle
[C19: from pidgin English, probably based on Mandarin Chinese cha miscellaneous]
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chow chow(ˈtʃaʊ ˌtʃaʊ)
n. (often caps.)
one of a Chinese breed of medium-sized dogs with a stocky body, a large head, a thick coat forming a ruff around the neck, and a blue-black tongue.
[1785–95; said to be < dial. Chinese; compare Guangdong dial. gáu dog]
a relish of chopped mixed pickles in mustard sauce.
[1785–95; < Chinese Pidgin English]
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