chow chow

[chou chou]
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.
Also, chow.


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

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chow-chow

[chou-chou]
noun
1.
a Chinese mixed fruit preserve.
2.
a relish of chopped mixed pickles in mustard sauce.

Origin:
1785–95; < Chinese Pidgin English

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chow-chow
 
n
1.  Often shortened to: chow a thick-coated breed of the spitz type of dog with a curled tail and a characteristic blue-black tongue; it came originally from China
2.  a Chinese preserve of ginger, orange peel, etc in syrup
3.  a mixed vegetable pickle
 
[C19: from pidgin English, probably based on Mandarin Chinese cha miscellaneous]

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Another favorite, chow chow, is a sour-tasting relish made from a variety of vegetables.
They evidently had not expected us quite so soon and stayed behind to bring some chow chow with them.
Serve with arugula, lemon aioli sauce and chow chow.
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