chow

This term for food is a clipping of the older chow-chow, a Chinese-English pidgin word of unknown origin meaning food or, in particular, a mixture or medley of foodstuffs.

Chow-chow first appears in 1795, in Aeneas Anderson’s A Narrative of British Embassy to China:

Chow-chow...victuals or meat.

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