Origin of charqui

< American Spanish < Quechua ch'arki
Related formschar·quid [chahr-kid] /ˈtʃɑr kɪd/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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.

  • 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



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

Word Origin for charqui

C18: from Spanish, from Quechuan
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