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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
  • Come with me, brother; we will not part again; I have some charqui in my rancho.

    The Smuggler Chief Gustave Aimard
  • charqui is by no means a dainty viand; not nice either to the nose or palate.

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

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

  • Wilhelm and Giacomo were provided with their weapons and provisions, such as charqui, queso, and dried beans.

    The Smuggler Chief Gustave Aimard
  • 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
  • This preparation, called 'charqui,' was the only animal food of the lower classes in Peru.

  • Perhaps the Indian meant it as something to fall back upon in the event of the charqui giving out.

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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