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noun,often capitalized S&P\ˌshä-ˈpā, ˌshär-\
Definition of SHAR-PEI
: any of an ancient breed of dogs originating in China that have loose wrinkled skin especially when young, a short bristly coat, blue-black tongue, and wide blunt muzzle
Origin of SHAR-PEI
Chinese (Guangdong) sà sand + péi fur
First Known Use: 1975
Ancient breed of dog that originated in China. Shar-peis are notable for their loose, wrinkled skin, especially when young. They have a short bristly coat, wide blunt muzzle, blue-black tongue, and unusual black gums.