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Chinese British & World English

The language of China

Chinese in oriental New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

do not use of people; prefer Asian or specific terms such as Chinese or Japanese

Chinese box British & World English

Each of a set of boxes graduated in size so as to fit inside each other

Chinese red British & World English

A vivid orange-red

Chinese burn British & World English

An act of placing both hands on a person’s arm and then twisting it to produce a burning sensation

Chinese kale British & World English

A leafy green Asian plant of the cabbage family, closely related to broccoli but with more leaf and stem and much smaller florettes. It is commonly used in Asian cooking

Chinese wall British & World English

An insurmountable barrier, especially to the passage of information

Chinese white British & World English

White pigment consisting of zinc oxide

Chinese cabbage British & World English

Another term for Chinese leaves.

Chinese chives British & World English

An Asian relative of chives, with a garliclike flavor

Chinese lantern British & World English

A collapsible paper lantern

Chinese leaves British & World English

An oriental cabbage which does not form a firm heart

Chinese puzzle British & World English

An intricate puzzle consisting of many interlocking pieces

Chinese artichoke British & World English

An Asian plant of the mint family, cultivated for its edible tubers

Chinese chequers British & World English

A board game for two to six players who attempt to move marbles or counters from one corner to the opposite one on a star-shaped board

Chinese gooseberry British & World English

Former term for kiwi fruit.

Chinese whispers British & World English

A game in which a message is distorted by being passed around in a whisper

Chinese fire drill British & World English

A state of disorder or confusion

Chinese New Year British & World English

The Chinese festival marking the start of the new year, beginning on the second new moon after the winter solstice and ending on the full moon fifteen days later. It is marked by visits to family and friends, special meals, fireworks, and gift giving

Chinese restaurant syndrome British & World English

An illness marked by short attacks of weakness, numbness, palpitations, and headaches, often attributed to overconsumption of monosodium glutamate (used as a seasoning in Chinese cooking)

jute British & World English

Used in names of other plants that yield fibre, e.g. Chinese jute

Chinese checkers in Chinese chequers British & World English

A board game for two to six players who attempt to move marbles or counters from one corner to the opposite one on a star-shaped board

Chinese cabbage in Chinese leaves British & World English

An oriental cabbage which does not form a firm heart

differential windlass British & World English

A hoisting device consisting of two drums of different diameters on the same axis and turning at the same rate, so that a line wound on the larger drum and unwound from the smaller drum provides a mechanical advantage in lifting. Also called Chinese windlass

mandarin British & World English

The standard literary and official form of Chinese, spoken by over 730 million people

Mandarin Chinese in mandarin1 British & World English

The standard literary and official form of Chinese, spoken by over 730 million people

muntjac British & World English

A small SE Asian deer, the male of which has tusks, small antlers, and a doglike bark

rhubarb British & World English

Used in names of other plants of the same genus as rhubarb, several of which are used medicinally, e.g. Chinese rhubarb

alligator British & World English

A large semiaquatic reptile similar to a crocodile but with a broader and shorter head, native to the Americas and China


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