dim sum

[dim suhm]
noun Chinese Cookery.
small dumplings, usually steamed or fried and filled with meat, seafood, vegetables, condiments, etc.

1965–70; < Chinese dial. (Guangdong) dím sàm, equivalent to Chinese diǎnxīn (diǎn dot, speck + xīn heart)

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dim sum (ˈdɪm ˈsʌm)
a Chinese appetizer of steamed dumplings containing various fillings

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Word Origin & History

dim sum
1948, from Cantonese dim sam (Chinese dianxin) "appetizer," said to mean lit. "touch the heart."
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Example sentences
Stay away from dim sum at dinner, because that's a late morning and lunchtime
Simple to prepare, and a typical end to a dim sum meal, but the key is
  freshness of the greens.
He remembers one afternoon spent in the shadows of a dim sum restaurant.
Volunteers served special teas along with a variety of sweet and savory dim sum.
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