chow chow

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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

chow chow

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Chow chow—Sally Anne Thompson/EB Inc.

Breed of dog that shares with the shar-pei an unusual blue-black tongue. The chow chow originated in China and dates to the Han dynasty (206 BC–AD 220); it may be one of the oldest of all dog breeds. It is compact and has a large head and a thick coat that forms a dense ruff about the neck. The coat is evenly coloured, either reddish brown, black, or blue-gray. The adult stands about 18–20 in. (46–51 cm) tall and weighs 45–70 lb (20–32 kg). The breed is usually loyal to owners but aloof with strangers.

Variants of CHOW CHOW

chow chow or chow

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