chow mein

chow mein

[chou meyn]
noun
a Chinese-style dish of steamed or stir-fried vegetables, topped with shredded chicken, shrimp, etc., and served with fried noodles.

Origin:
1900–05, Americanism; < Chinese chǎo fry + miàn noodles, or < cognate dial. forms

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chow mein (meɪn)
 
n
a Chinese-American dish, consisting of mushrooms, meat, shrimps, etc, served with fried noodles
 
[from Chinese (Cantonese), variant of Mandarin ch'ao mien fried noodles]

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chow mein
1903, Amer.Eng., from Chinese ch'ao mien "fried flour."
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