from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Narrow strips of sun-dried meat.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A South African name for lean meat cut into thin strips and dried in the sun.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Lean meat cut into strips and sun-dried.

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  • noun South Africa A South African food categorized by strips of lean meat cured by salting and drying. Similar to American beef jerky.

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  • noun meat that is salted and cut into strips and dried in the sun


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Afrikaans : bil, buttock (from Middle Dutch bille; see bhel- in Indo-European roots) + tong, tongue (from Middle Dutch tonghe; see dn̥ghū- in Indo-European roots).]

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From Afrikaans, from bil (“buttock, hindquarter”), from Middle Dutch bille, + tong (“tongue”), from Middle Dutch tonghe.


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  • This, unless they bought a sheep, would be in the form of biltong, that is, strips of meat dried by being hung up in the sun and wind, and similar to the jerked meat of the prairies and pampas of America.

    With Buller in Natal, Or, a Born Leader

  • This creates a South African delicacy called biltong - which has been used since the 1600s by farmers, as a way of preserving and storing meat.

  • Shaddy shouldered his gun, and went off after the man who was loaded with strips of flesh to make what is called biltong, and the two left worked on very diligently, with the boys wandering here and there in search of objects of interest and finding plenty -- brilliant metallic-cased beetles, strange flowers which they wanted named, birds which it was a delight to watch as they busied themselves about the fruit and flowers of the trees at the forest edge.

    Rob Harlow's Adventures A Story of the Grand Chaco

  • These foods include meat, eggs and processed products such as biltong and cheese.

    Chapter 3

  • One of the menaces, a favourite one according to Mr. Rider Haggard, was that those who did not attend should be made "biltong" of when the country was given back.

    South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. 1 (of 6) From the Foundation of Cape Colony to the Boer Ultimatum of 9th Oct. 1899

  • With a cup of coffee and a piece of "biltong" inside him a Boer could fight or trek all day.

    An African Adventure

  • The principal feature of this package was a piece of what the Boers call "biltong," which is dried venison.

    An African Adventure

  • We each ate a small portion of the "biltong," and drank a sip of water.

    King Solomon's Mines

  • Besides the "biltong," or dried game-flesh, there were two gourds of water, each of which held not more than a quart.

    King Solomon's Mines

  • The recalcitrants were threatened with all sorts of pains and penalties if they did not attend, a favourite menace being that they should be made "biltong" of when the country was given back (i.e., be cut into strips and hung in the sun to dry).

    Cetywayo and his White Neighbours Remarks on Recent Events in Zululand, Natal, and the Transvaal


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  • "They had told her to make sure that he ate, even if his appetite was tiny. And she had done so, bringing him sticks of biltong, ruinously expensive though they were, and watermelons, which cooled his mouth and gave him the sugar that he needed."

    - 'The Full Cupboard of Life', Alexander McCall Smith.

    March 18, 2008

  • "These are, perforce, strips of biltong — the sign didn't lie. This has to be the biggest biltong emporium in the northern hemisphere. There are hundreds of strips of the stuff: chilli-flavoured biltong, garlic biltong, biltong flavoured any number of ways. How many hard-masticating South Africans must London contain in order to support this minimart full of beef jerky?"

    Psychogeography by Will Self, p 30

    October 11, 2010

  • Juvenile bronze whaler shark meat produces "good biltong" -- Coastal Fishes of Southern Africa, p. 57, by Phillip C. and Elaine Heemstra.

    January 2, 2012