- small dumplings, usually steamed or fried and filled with meat, seafood, vegetables, condiments, etc.
Origin of dim sum
1965–70; < Chinese dial. (Guangdong) dím sàm, equivalent to Chinese diǎnxīn (diǎn dot, speck + xīn heart)
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- a Chinese appetizer of steamed dumplings containing various fillings
Word Origin for dim sum
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1948, from Cantonese dim sam (Chinese dianxin) "appetizer," said to mean literally "touch the heart."
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