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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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  • Well, in any case, take this biltong along in your saddle-bags; it's my own make, you'll find it good.

    With Steyn and De Wet Philip Pienaar
  • The biscuits are done and neither of us can swallow that biltong any more.

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

    The Young Yagers Mayne Reid
  • I wonder how the enemy are getting on with the biltong and biscuit.

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

    Ladysmith H. W. Nevinson
  • The lean, what there was of it, they dried and smoked into a kind of "biltong," but a great deal of the fat they ate at once.

    She and Allan 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
  • The biltong, so much eaten in the Transvaal, is dried beef which is usually cut into strips and chunks and eaten without cooking.

    Adventures in Swaziland Owen Rowe O'Neil
  • Whenever we were unable to reach a farm-house for meals, we fared well on our own biltong and rusks.

    Adventures in Swaziland Owen Rowe O'Neil
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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