shar-pei

noun, often capitalized S&P
\ ˌshä-ˈpā How to pronounce shar-pei (audio) , ˌshär- \
plural shar-pei also shar-peis

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

First Known Use of shar-pei

1975, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for shar-pei

Chinese (Guangdong) sand + péi fur

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“Shar-pei.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shar-pei. Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

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