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.

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


a Chinese mixed fruit preserve.
a relish of chopped mixed pickles in mustard sauce.

1785–95; < Chinese Pidgin English Unabridged
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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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Process with brief pulses to reach the desired texture, somewhere between a chow-chow relish and a textured puree.
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