Definition of chow chow in English:

chow chow


  • 1

    another term for chow
  • 2A Chinese preserve of ginger, orange peel, and other ingredients, in syrup.

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    • ‘Chow chow preserves can be purchased at Chinese groceries or specialty food stores.’
    • ‘Chow chow is an important ingredient when making Sri Lankan fruit cake.’
  • 3A mixed vegetable pickle.

    • ‘In the south, and particularly in the mountains where they grow huge heads of crisp cabbage, chow chow is a favorite relish to be eaten with a bowl of pinto beans.’
    • ‘Chow chows can be made from cabbage, green tomatoes, cucumbers, cauliflower, corn, onions, peppers, vinegar, salt, turmeric, and a sweetener.’
    • ‘Southerners serve chow chow with beans, peas and greens and as an all-purpose relish with meat, poultry and fish.’
    relish, chutney, chow chow, piccalilli, sauerkraut
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Late 18th century: pidgin English, of unknown ultimate origin.


chow chow

/ˈCHou ˌCHou/