foo dog

noun, often capitalized F
\ ˈfü- How to pronounce foo dog (audio) \
variants: or

Definition of foo dog

: a mythical lion-dog used as a decorative motif in Far Eastern art

Examples of foo dog in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web McCain’s jewelry and some of the decorative pieces, including four foo dog silver boxes for $500. Washington Post, 21 Feb. 2021 The flying lions that serve as handles are also called foo dogs and represent guardian lions, figures that originated in China. oregonlive, 3 Apr. 2020 The finishing touch: a giant ceramic foo dog, because sometimes fun is function enough! Eddie Ross, House Beautiful, 23 May 2019 Two enormous leonine foo dogs face each other across a bench on a terrace. Beth Dunlop, ELLE Decor, 8 Feb. 2010 Mooncakes are traditionally given most auspiciously during Mid-Autumn Festival but can be found in some Chinese bakeries year-round; and the foo dogs are actually mythical guardian lions. Louisa Chu, chicagotribune.com, 24 Jan. 2018 The Fortune Cookies Against Humanity are $18.88 each, and a foo dogs box with two cakes is $8.88. Louisa Chu, chicagotribune.com, 24 Jan. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of foo dog

1953, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for foo dog

Chinese (Beijing) Buddha; from the use of such figures in ceramic or stone as guardians of Buddhist temples

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“Foo dog.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/foo%20dog. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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