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n. pl. shar-peis
A Chinese shar-pei.

[Cantonese saa1 pei4 (equivalent to Mandarin shāpí, literally, "sand skin," in reference to the short rough coat typical of the breed) : Cantonese saa1, sand (from Middle Chinese ʂa⋮) + Cantonese pei4, skin (from Middle Chinese pɦi).]



one of a Chinese breed of medium-sized shorthaired dogs with a squarish muzzle and wrinkly skin over the head and body.
[< dial. Chinese (Guangdong) sā péi < Chinese shā pí literally, sand fur]
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This week a Shar-Pei called Kai made headlines when he was left tied up outside Ayr train station, with a pull-along containing his worldly belongings: a pillow, some food and drink, a bowl and a toy.
The Scottish SPCA has been deluged with more than 100 calls from people offering a new home for shar-pei crossbreed Kai, who was abandoned at Ayr A station, in South Ayr-A shire.
The shar-pei crossbeed is now being cared for at the Scottish SPCA's centre in Glasgow, with the charity keen to trace his owner.
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