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Sunday, July 03, 2011

Definitions for chow

  1. Food, especially hearty dishes or a meal.
  2. "Chow down:" to eat; eat a meal, especially the main meal of the day.

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Citations for chow
The chow callers were screaming that there was one minute left before morning meal formation. James Webb, A sense of honor
It was almost time for the chow-wagon to show-up. George W. Adams, Under the Southern Cross
Origin of chow
1855-1860
Chow originates among Chinese workers in California around the Gold Rush, shortened from the pidgin chow-chow, derived from cha, Chinese for "mixed."