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chow chow

[ chou -chou ]
/ ˈtʃaʊ ˌtʃaʊ /
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noun (often initial capital letters)

one of a Chinese breed of medium-sized dogs having a thick black, blue, red, or cream coat and a blue-black tongue.

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Origin of chow chow

1785–95; said to be <dialectal Chinese; compare Guangdong dial. gáu dog

Definition for chow chow (2 of 2)

chow-chow
[ chou-chou ]
/ ˈtʃaʊˌtʃaʊ /

noun

a Chinese mixed fruit preserve.
a relish of chopped mixed pickles in mustard sauce.

Origin of chow-chow

Borrowed into English from Chinese Pidgin English around 1785–95
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British Dictionary definitions for chow chow

chow-chow

noun

a thick-coated breed of the spitz type of dog with a curled tail and a characteristic blue-black tongue; it came originally from ChinaOften shortened to: chow
a Chinese preserve of ginger, orange peel, etc in syrup
a mixed vegetable pickle

Word Origin for chow-chow

C19: from pidgin English, probably based on Mandarin Chinese cha miscellaneous
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