variants or less commonly tassajo
plural -s
: jerked meat
especially : jerked beef
[Mexican Spanish, from Spanish] : any of several cacti of the southwestern U.S. and Mexico
especially : cholla

Word History


Spanish tasajo, from Old Spanish, piece of meat; akin to Portuguese tossalho large piece of something to eat

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“Tasajo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tasajo. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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