Shar-pei meaning

shärpā
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A Chinese shar-pei.
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A breed of dog having loose skin with a wrinkled appearance: it originated in China.
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A breed of dog known for its distinctive features of deep wrinkles, especially when young, a blue-black tongue, and a rough short coat.
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Origin of shar-pei

  • Cantonese saa1 pei4 (equivalent to Mandarin shāpí literally, “sand skin,” in reference to the short rough coat typical of the breed) Cantonese saa1 sand (from Middle Chinese ʂaː) Cantonese pei4 skin (from Middle Chinese pfii)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition