dim-sum

dim sum

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

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

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dim sum (ˈdɪm ˈsʌm)
 
n
a Chinese appetizer of steamed dumplings containing various fillings
 
[Cantonese]

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dim sum
1948, from Cantonese dim sam (Chinese dianxin) "appetizer," said to mean lit. "touch the heart."
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