Etymology
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chow (n.)

"food," originally especially "Chinese food," 1856, American English (originally in California), from Chinese pidgin English chow-chow (1795) "food; mixed pickle or preserve; mix or medley of any sort," perhaps a reduplication of Chinese cha or tsa "mixed," or Cantonese chaau "to fry, cook." Hence also chow-chow (adj.) "mixed" (1845), since used as a noun in reference to various preserves or relish.

The dog breed of the same name is from 1886, of unknown origin, but some suggest a link to the Chinese tendency to see dogs as edible.

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Definitions of chow
1
chow (n.)
informal terms for a meal;
Synonyms: chuck / eats / grub
chow (n.)
breed of medium-sized dogs with a thick coat and fluffy curled tails and distinctive blue-black tongues; believed to have originated in northern China;
Synonyms: chow chow
2
Chow (n.)
the imperial dynasty of China from 1122 to 221 BC; notable for the rise of Confucianism and Taoism;
Synonyms: Zhou / Zhou dynasty / Chou / Chou dynasty / Chow dynasty
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