See also: Zhou, zhóu, zhòu, zhōu, Zhōu, and zhǒu

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Etymology edit

From the Hanyu Pinyin romanization of Mandarin (zhōu). Doublet of jook.

Pronunciation edit

Noun edit

zhou (uncountable)

  1. (Chinese contexts) Synonym of congee: a thick rice porridge.
    • 2008 June 11, Matthew Forney, “Scorpions for Breakfast and Snails for Dinner”, in New York Times[1]:
      We did, however, send them to a Chinese nursery school that fed them a daily lunch of zhou, a rice porridge with various seasonings: pickled turnips, flakes of dough sticks, green or red beans, sesame paste, or something called hot prickly mustard tubers.

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Romanization edit


  1. Nonstandard spelling of zhōu.
  2. Nonstandard spelling of zhóu.
  3. Nonstandard spelling of zhǒu.
  4. Nonstandard spelling of zhòu.

Usage notes edit

  • Transcriptions of Mandarin into the Latin script often do not distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Mandarin language, using words such as this one without indication of tone.

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Noun edit

zhou class 9 (plural zhou class 10)

  1. Karanga form of nzou