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chow mein

[chou meyn] /ˌtʃaʊ ˈmeɪn/
a Chinese-style dish of steamed or stir-fried vegetables, topped with shredded chicken, shrimp, etc., and served with fried noodles.
Origin of chow mein
1900-05, Americanism; < Chinese chǎo fry + miàn noodles, or < cognate dial. forms Unabridged
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  • Would you blow her to a bowl of chow mein at some chop suey joint, or could you get by with a nut sundae at a cut-rate drug store?

    Torchy and Vee Sewell Ford
  • If desired ½ pound bean sprouts may be cooked with the celery, and served in the chow mein.

British Dictionary definitions for chow mein

chow mein

a Chinese-American dish, consisting of mushrooms, meat, shrimps, etc, served with fried noodles
Word Origin
from Chinese (Cantonese), variant of Mandarin ch'ao mien fried noodles
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for chow mein

1903, American English, from Chinese ch'ao mien "fried flour."

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