[bil-tawng, -tong]

Origin of biltong

1805–15; < Afrikaans, equivalent to bil rump + tong tongue Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for biltong

Historical Examples of biltong

  • The biscuits are done and neither of us can swallow that biltong any more.

  • They chanced to have little else than biltong, or dried meat, to cook.

  • On his arrival it was found he could not ride or shoot, or live on biltong.


    H. W. Nevinson

  • I wonder how the enemy are getting on with the biltong and biscuit.


    H. W. Nevinson

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


    H. Rider Haggard

British Dictionary definitions for biltong


  1. Southern African strips of meat dried and cured in the sun

Word Origin for biltong

C19: Afrikaans, from Dutch bil buttock + tong tongue
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