One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A Pekingese dog.
- ‘Hazel had a small peke who was pawing at her under the table.’
- ‘The tiny peke dog also wears four diamond-like jewels as a collar.’
- ‘It snuffled like a Peke dog does and its tongue lolled out, but the texture on the tongue was rough like a cats.’
- ‘In China, pekes were the object of worship for centuries, so it is appropriate that there should be such an elegant monument.’
Early 20th century: abbreviation.
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