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  1. jerky2.
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Origin of charqui

< American Spanish < Quechua ch'arki
Related formschar·quid [chahr-kid] /ˈtʃɑr kɪd/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for charqui

Historical Examples of charqui

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for charqui


  1. meat, esp beef, cut into strips and dried
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Derived Formscharquid (ˈtʃɑːkɪd), adjective

Word Origin for charqui

C18: from Spanish, from Quechuan
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