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chopsticks

[chop-stiks] /ˈtʃɒpˌstɪks/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
1.
a harmonically and melodically simple waltz for piano played typically with the forefinger of each hand and sometimes having an accompanying part for a second player.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95; perhaps after chopstick from the way the fingers are held

chopstick

[chop-stik] /ˈtʃɒpˌstɪk/
noun
1.
one of a pair of thin, tapered sticks, often of wood or ivory, held in one hand between the thumb and fingers and used chiefly in China, Japan, and other Asian countries for lifting food to the mouth.
Origin
1690-1700; Chinese Pidgin English chop quick (see chop-chop) + stick1
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  • The ivory is primarily in the form of carved curios, such as chopsticks, targeted toward foreigners.
  • If your terrarium has a small opening, use chopsticks to position your plants.
  • Transfer the opened clams with a pair of chopsticks or tongs to a warm serving platter and keep warm.
  • We had to be really careful working with it, but our chopsticks came out great.
  • Then stir vigorously- preferably with chopsticks, which prevents the rice turning mushy-and serve into two bowls.
  • But he can pour milk now, eat soup with a spoon and manipulate chopsticks.
  • It occurred to him that perhaps the nuclear plant's maintenance staff could replace their plumber's helper with chopsticks.
  • When you tried to pick them up with your chopsticks, they wriggled up them nearly to your knuckle.
  • The tiny green peas in the bowl-easy to drop with chopsticks-are so robust they bounce.
  • According to her, these bowls were designed for chopsticks, not silverware.
British Dictionary definitions for chopsticks

chopsticks

/ˈtʃɒpstɪks/
plural noun
1.
a pair of thin sticks, of ivory, wood, etc, used as eating utensils by the Chinese, Japanese, and other people of East Asia
Word Origin
C17: from pidgin English, from chop quick, of Chinese dialect origin + stick1
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Word Origin and History for chopsticks

chopstick

n.

also chop-stick, 1690s, sailors' partial translation of Chinese k'wai tse, variously given as "fast ones" or "nimble boys," first element from pidgin English chop, from Cantonese kap "urgent." Chopsticks, the two-fingered piano exercise, is first attested 1893, probably from the resemblance of the fingers to chopsticks.

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Encyclopedia Article for chopsticks

(from Chinese kuai-tzu, "quick ones," by way of Pidgin chop, "quick"), eating utensils, consisting of a pair of slender sticks held between the thumb and fingers of one hand, that predominate in much of East Asia and are used in conjunction with East Asian-style cuisine worldwide.

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