a breed of dog having loose skin with a wrinkled appearance: it originated in China
Origin of Shar-Pei; from Chin, sand fur or sand skin
A Chinese shar-pei.
Origin of shar-peiCantonese saa1 pei4 (equivalent to Mandarin shapí, literally, “sand skin,” in reference to the short rough coat typical of the breed) : Cantonese saa1, sand (from Middle Chinese &shookr;a&tricolon;) + Cantonese pei4, skin (from Middle Chinese p&hhook;i).
- a breed of dog known for its distinctive features of deep wrinkles, especially when young, a blue-black tongue, and a rough short coat.