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 The flying lions that serve as handles are also called foo dogs and represent guardian lions, figures that originated in China. oregonlive, "Century-old Japanese vase, Revolutionary War box, toy car: What are they worth?," 3 Apr. 2020 The finishing touch: a giant ceramic foo dog, because sometimes fun is function enough! Eddie Ross, House Beautiful, "How We Turned an Empty Nook Into a Stylish Workspace," 23 May 2019 Two enormous leonine foo dogs face each other across a bench on a terrace. Beth Dunlop, ELLE Decor, "For the Fun of It," 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,, "Fat Rice making Cards Against Humanity fortune cookies, among Chinese New Year specials," 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,, "Fat Rice making Cards Against Humanity fortune cookies, among Chinese New Year specials," 24 Jan. 2018

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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