yak

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v yak talk profusely "she was yakking away about her grandchildren"
    • n yak large long-haired wild ox of Tibet often domesticated
    • n yak noisy talk
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Yak yăk (Zoöl) A bovine mammal (Poëphagus grunnies) native of the high plains of Central Asia. Its neck, the outer side of its legs, and its flanks, are covered with long, flowing, fine hair. Its tail is long and bushy, often white, and is valued as an ornament and for other purposes in India and China. There are several domesticated varieties, some of which lack the mane and the long hair on the flanks. Called also chauri gua grunting cow grunting ox sarlac sarlik, and sarluc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n yak The wild ox of Tibet, Poëphagus grunniens, or any of its domesticated varieties; the grunting ox. The yak is a remarkable instance of the development of the pelage under climatic influences. The modification is like that seen in the musk-ox of arctic regions, Ovibos moschatus, though altitude has done for the yak what has resulted from latitude in the case of the musk-ox. The body is covered with very long hair hanging from the shoulders, sides, and hips nearly to the ground, and the tail bears a heavy brush of long hairs. The wild animal, which inhabits the mountains of Tibet about the snow-line and descends into the valleys in winter, is of a blackish color; the back is humped; and the general form is not unlike that of the bison, though the long hair gives the animal a different appearance. The actual relationships of the yak are with the humped Asiatic cattle of which the zebu is the best-known domesticated stock. The yak is of great economic importance to the Tibetans, and has been domesticated. In this state it sports in many color-variations, like other cattle. It is used as a beast of burden, makes excellent beef, and yields rich milk and butter; the long silky hair is spun and woven for many fabrics. The tails when mounted furnish the fly-snappers or chowries much used in India, and they are also dyed in various colors as decorations and ceremonial insignia. The elephant-headed god Ganesa is usually represented as flourishing the chowry with his trunk over the heads of various personages of the Hindu pantheon. Yaks have often been taken to Europe, where they are kept in menageries, and have repeatedly been bred in confinement. The yak crosses easily with some other cattle, producing various mixed breeds. See also cut under Artiodactyla.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Yak yak a species of ox found in Tibet, and domesticated there, covered all over with a thick coat of long silky hair, that of the lower parts hanging down almost to the ground.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Tibetan gyag,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Tibetan.

Usage

In literature:

Do Yaks in packs invite attacks?
"The Admiral's Caravan" by Charles E. Carryl
The cruel captain far outdid The yaks and crimes of Robert Kid.
"English as She is Wrote" by Anonymous
It is not a beautiful animal, Coronel; but as a yak I should not have been entirely unlovable.
"Once on a Time" by A. A. Milne
For a week or two I listened every night for a repetition of the yak; but I heard nothing more of it for a month.
"Birds in the Bush" by Bradford Torrey
It's easier to catch wolves if you're disguised as a rabbit, Pop Yak had told him once.
"The Man Who Staked the Stars" by Charles Dye
We seated ourselves on a yak skin.
"Travels in Tartary, Thibet, and China During the years 1844-5-6. Volume 2 [of 2]" by Evariste Regis Huc
I write at an operating-table after a dinner of minal (pheasant) and yak's heart.
"The Unveiling of Lhasa" by Edmund Candler
The horned cattle include the humped oxen and buffaloes of India, and the yak of Tibet.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 7" by Various
Where you can chase yak with your leopards.
"The Moghul" by Thomas Hoover
Trent decided immediately that Da-yak, the Tibetan, was of no consequence, merely a mouthpiece.
"Caravans By Night" by Harry Hervey
The blow was a sign to me, who am no better than a strayed yak, that my place is not here.
"Kim" by Rudyard Kipling
The wild yak is invariably black, with short, rather slender horns (smaller than our buffalo's), bending gracefully forward.
"Hunting in Many Lands" by Various
Armstrong, familiarly known as the "Solid Yak," another gigantic Cumbrian, was also grassed in the same entry, by Rowantree.
"Wrestling and Wrestlers:" by Jacob Robinson
The method by which U Yak Jakor captured his victims was to waylay lonely travellers and to club them to death.
"Folk-Tales of the Khasis" by K. U. Rafy
The Yak belongs to Western Thibet.
"Natural History in Anecdote" by Various
This consisted of ponies, mules, donkeys, bullocks and yaks.
"Mount Everest the Reconnaissance, 1921" by Charles Kenneth Howard-Bury
Then the horses neighing, prancing, curvetting, led by gorgeous grooms waving long yak's-tails.
"A Prince of Dreamers" by Flora Annie Steel
For down it, preceded by grooms with waving yak tails, came the Resident's buggy.
"On the Face of the Waters" by Flora Annie Steel
A few survivors of the Cascade tribes may be found now on Warm Springs and Yak-a-ma agencies.
"Wigwam and War-path; Or the Royal Chief in Chains" by A. B. (Alfred Benjamin) Meacham
Follow this row of yaks straight before us!
"The Kadambari of Bana" by Bana
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In news:

5-at-10: Huge UT fan, NFL power poll and Rockets, Astros and the Yak Woman.
View full size Rachel Stark/The Oregonian Camper Jeffrey Rike talks with instructor Lisa Brown while the other kids at Camp Yakety Yak finish lunch.
Three of only four yaks ever trained to be ridden in North America were raised by John Hooper of rural Avon.
The Yak 's strongpoint is Irkut's capacity to produce 50 Yak -130s a year, Alexander Veprev, general manager at Irkut's IAZ plant, told AIN.
Have you ever sat on a Yak .
We just completed the review on this great flying aerobatic performer, the AeroWorks Yak 55M.
Yakovlev Yak -130 two-seat advanced jet trainer/light attack aircraft.
HobbyBoss' Yak -38 "Forger" is the first plastic model kit of it's kind in 1/48 scale.
"We had no idea whatever that we would be raising yaks .".
" Yaks were not on my list of life," Mary said.
Commissioners acted and declared yaks -at-large nuisance animals When the yaks wandered off in June the commission slapped the DeMatteises with a 750 fine.
BREAKING OUT OF THE YAK PACK.
American Greetings, Yakety Yak, greeting cards, Carol Miller.
Among our handful of restaurants from the ceiling of the world, Tibetan Yak was considered the most authentic.
Yak and Yeti Shapta sandwich.
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