From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Kowtow \Kow*tow"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Kowtowed; p. pr. & vb.
   n. Kowtowing.]
   To perform the kowtow. Same as Kotow
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         I have salaamed and kowtowed to him.     --H. James.
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   2. To defer to another in a servile or humiliating manner; to
      act obsequiously.

   Syn: kotow.
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