chow1 [tʃau] n
[Sense: 1; Date: 1700-1800; Origin: Perhaps from Mandarin Chinese jiao 'meat dumpling']
[Sense: 2; Date: 1800-1900; Origin: Perhaps from Cantonese kau 'dog']
1.) [U] old-fashioned informal food
I ordered some chow and sat down.
2.) also 'chow chow
a type of dog with long thick fur that first came from China
chow 2
chow2 v
chow down phr v
to eat
She had to chow down with the others in the cafeteria.

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