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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A Chinese preserve of fruits, peels, and ginger.
  • n. A relish consisting of chopped vegetables pickled in mustard.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. chopped pickles in mustard sauce.
  • n. a Chinese preserve of mixed fruits and ginger.
  • n. a breed of thick-coated medium-sized dogs with fluffy curled tails and distinctive blue-black tongues; believed to have originated in north China.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Mixed; miscellaneous; broken.
  • n. Food of any kind, but especially Chinese food, which is usually broken or cut up in the course of cooking into pieces suitable for being eaten with chop-sticks.
  • n. A preserve made in southern China, of odds and ends of orange-peel, ginger, bamboo, pumelo-rind, syrup, etc.
  • n. A mixed pickle made with mustard in the East Indies, and imitated elsewhere.

Etymologies

Pidgin English, possibly reduplication of Chinese (Cantonese) tsaāp, food, mixture; see chow2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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