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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).]
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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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