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Sunday, July 03, 2011

chow

\CHOU\ , noun;
1.
Food, especially hearty dishes or a meal.
verb phrase:
1.
"Chow down:" to eat; eat a meal, especially the main meal of the day.
Quotes:
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:
Chow originates among Chinese workers in California around the Gold Rush, shortened from the pidgin chow-chow, derived from cha, Chinese for "mixed."
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