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[bil-tawng, -tong] /ˈbɪlˌtɔŋ, -ˌtɒŋ/
(in South Africa) strips of lean meat dried in the open air.
Origin of biltong
1805-15; < Afrikaans, equivalent to bil rump + tong tongue Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for biltong
Historical Examples
  • The biscuits are done and neither of us can swallow that biltong any more.

    Benita, An African Romance H. Rider Haggard
  • They chanced to have little else than biltong, or dried meat, to cook.

    The Young Yagers Mayne Reid
  • On his arrival it was found he could not ride or shoot, or live on biltong.

    Ladysmith H. W. Nevinson
  • I wonder how the enemy are getting on with the biltong and biscuit.

    Ladysmith H. W. Nevinson
  • As it chanced, in my saddle-bags I had some biltong that I had saved against emergencies.

    Marie H. Rider Haggard
  • Their object was to wait until the flesh of the blue-buck—which is excellent eating—should be reduced to biltong.

    The Young Yagers Mayne Reid
  • Well, we had our biltong together, and the Stranger put himself outside a good deal of the very little brandy I had left.

    Old Friends Andrew Lang
  • Before he reached his apartment he was chewing away vigorously on a mouthful of "biltong" and having the time of his life.

    An African Adventure Isaac F. Marcosson
  • The principal feature of this package was a piece of what the Boers call "biltong," which is dried venison.

    An African Adventure Isaac F. Marcosson
  • The provisions consist solely of biltong—that is, dried meat, generally venison.

    The Boer in Peace and War

    Arthur M. Mann
British Dictionary definitions for biltong


(South African) strips of meat dried and cured in the sun
Word Origin
C19: Afrikaans, from Dutch bil buttock + tongtongue
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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