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chow chow

[chou chou] /ˈtʃaʊ ˌtʃaʊ/
noun, (often initial capital letters)
1.
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
dialectal Chinese
1785-1795
1785-95; said to be < dialectal Chinese; compare Guangdong dial. gáu dog

chow-chow

[chou-chou] /ˈtʃaʊˌtʃaʊ/
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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  • Process with brief pulses to reach the desired texture, somewhere between a chow-chow relish and a textured puree.
British Dictionary definitions for chow-chow

chow-chow

noun
1.
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 Often shortened to chow
2.
a Chinese preserve of ginger, orange peel, etc in syrup
3.
a mixed vegetable pickle
Word Origin
C19: from pidgin English, probably based on Mandarin Chinese cha miscellaneous
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