from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A dog of a sturdy breed originating in China, having a broad head, a blue-black tongue, and a dense tan, reddish, gray-blue, or black coat that is either long and rough or short and smooth.
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- noun breed of medium-sized dogs with a thick coat and fluffy curled tails and distinctive blue-black tongues; believed to have originated in northern China
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[Perhaps from chow-chow,, chow-chow preserves, miscellaneous knick-knacks exported from China; see chow-chow.]
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