chow chow

noun, often capitalized both Cs \ˈcha-ˌcha\

: a type of dog that has thick fur and a short curled tail

Full Definition of CHOW CHOW

:  any of a breed of heavy-coated sturdy muscular dogs of Chinese origin having a broad head and muzzle, a distinctive blue-black tongue and black-lined mouth, and either a long dense coat with a full ruff or a short smooth coat —called also chow

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Origin of CHOW CHOW

perhaps from chow-chow Chinese person, from Chinese Pidgin English chowchow food
First Known Use: 1886


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