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chop suey

[chop-soo-ee] /ˈtʃɒpˈsu i/
noun
1.
a Chinese-style American dish consisting of small pieces of meat, chicken, etc., cooked together with bean sprouts, onions, mushrooms, or other vegetables and seasoning, in a gravy, often served with rice and soy sauce.
Also, chop sooy.
Origin
dialectal Chinese
1885-1890
1885-90, Americanism; < dialectal Chinese (Guangdong) jaahp seui mixed bits, akin to Chinese zá suì
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British Dictionary definitions for chop-suey

chop suey

/ˈsuːɪ/
noun
1.
a Chinese-style dish originating in the US, consisting of meat or chicken, bean sprouts, etc, stewed and served with rice
Word Origin
C19: from Chinese (Cantonese) tsap sui odds and ends
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Word Origin and History for chop-suey

chop suey

n.

1885, American English, from Chinese (Cantonese dialect) tsap sui "odds and ends, mixed bits."

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