- a fierce-looking dog with a lion's mane, used as a motif in East Asian art
- a figurine or statue in the form of this dog
A stylized figure of a lion, traditionally placed as a symbolic guardian at the entrance to a Chinese temple or other building.
Origin of foo dogPerhaps from Mandarin fó, Buddha (from Middle Chinese f&hhook;ut, Buddha, from late Old Chinese *but, Buddha, from Sanskrit buddha&hlowdot;, Buddha; see Buddha2) or from Mandarin fú, good fortune (from Middle Chinese fuwk), dog (from the stylized lion's doglike appearance ).
bronze foo dog statue at the Gate of Supreme Harmony at the Forbidden City
(plural foo dogs)