A dog of a sturdy breed originating in China, having a broad head, a blue-black tongue, and a dense tan, reddish, gray-blue, or black coat that is either long and rough or short and smooth. Also called chow 1.
Origin of chow chowPerhaps from chow-chow, chow-chow preserves, miscellaneous knick-knacks exported from China ; see chow-chow .
- A Chinese preserve of fruits, fruit peels, and ginger.
- A relish consisting of chopped vegetables pickled in mustard.
Origin of chow-chowPidgin English possibly from reduplication of Cantonese zaap6 food, mixture ; see chow 2.