Shar-Pei

Shar-Pei

[shahr-pey]
noun
one of a Chinese breed of large muscular dogs having a distinctive wrinkly skin covered by a fawn to dark brown smooth coat, originally developed as a guard dog.

Origin:
< dialectal Chinese, equivalent to Chinese shā pí literally, sand fur (compare Guangdong dial. sā péi); E spelling with r perhaps r-less speaker's representation of the vowel

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