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. Also called chow1.
[Perhaps from chow-chow, chow-chow preserves, miscellaneous knick-knacks exported from China; see CHOW-CHOW.]
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