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[chahr-kee] /ˈtʃɑr ki/
jerky2 .
Origin of charqui
< American Spanish < Quechua ch'arki
Related forms
[chahr-kid] /ˈtʃɑr kɪd/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • charqui is by no means a dainty viand; not nice either to the nose or palate.

    Gaspar the Gaucho Mayne Reid
  • The Spaniards of Mexico name it “tasajo,” while those of Peru style it “charqui.”

    The Bush Boys Captain Mayne Reid
  • Come with me, brother; we will not part again; I have some charqui in my rancho.

    The Smuggler Chief Gustave Aimard
  • Jerked beef came from the Spanish charqui by the law of Hobson-Jobson.

    The American Language Henry L. Mencken
  • After it he pitched several pieces of the charqui, and then descended himself.

  • The charqui or jerked beef of South America affords an example of meat preserved by means of being deprived of moisture.

  • In Peru, as we have stated, it is “charqui;” but mutton cured in this way is distinguished by the name “chalona.”

    The Forest Exiles Mayne Reid
  • Then Guapo skinned him, and cut him into strips, and dried him into “charqui,” and carried him on board the raft.

    The Forest Exiles Mayne Reid
  • Most of the beef imported from the La Plata, under the name of “jerked beef,” is not charqui, but simply meat cured with salt.

    Gaspar the Gaucho Mayne Reid
  • Homely indeed were the additions thus made to their daily ration of charqui beef, horse-flesh or kangaroo.

British Dictionary definitions for charqui


meat, esp beef, cut into strips and dried
Derived Forms
charquid (ˈtʃɑːkɪd) adjective
Word Origin
C18: from Spanish, from Quechuan
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