Chow-chow definition

chouchou
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.
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A Chinese preserve of fruits, fruit peels, and ginger.
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A relish consisting of chopped vegetables pickled in mustard.
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Origin of chow-chow

  • Perhaps from chow-chow, chow-chow preserves, miscellaneous knick-knacks exported from China chow-chow

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Pidgin English possibly from reduplication of Cantonese zaap6 food, mixture chow2

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition