from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In South America, sun-dried meat in general. See charqui.
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Now as the llamas are a species of sheep, it was "chalona" that Guapo was making out of their mutton.
For a meagre, tough, unwholesome chalona the Indian has to add a dollar and a half or two dollars to his debt, while a living sheep in the Sierra would not cost half the price.
In Peru, as we have stated, it is "charqui;" but mutton cured in this way is distinguished by the name "chalona."