noun \ˈyak\
plural yaks also yak

Definition of YAK

:  a large long-haired wild or domesticated ox (Bos grunniens syn. B. mutus) of Tibet and adjacent elevated parts of central Asia

Illustration of YAK

Origin of YAK

Tibetan (Lhasa dialect) yaʔ (spelled gyag
First Known Use: 1795

Other Mammals Terms

dormouse, dugong, gibbon, grimalkin, sable, stoat, ungulate, vole


Definition of YAK

variant of 1yuk



: to talk in a loud way often for a long time

yakked also yackedyak·king also yack·ing

Full Definition of YAK

intransitive verb
:  to talk persistently :  chatter

Variants of YAK

yak also yack

Origin of YAK

probably imitative
First Known Use: 1949


noun \ˈyak\

Definition of YAK

:  persistent or voluble talk

Variants of YAK

yak also yack \ˈyak\

First Known Use of YAK



noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Yak (Bos grunniens).—Russ Kinne/Photo Researchers

Massive ox (Bos grunniens mutus) of high Tibetan plateaus. Bulls grow to 6 ft (1.8 m) at the shoulder hump. The wild yak's hair is black and short, except for a long, shaggy fringe on the flanks and tail. The horns spread outward and upward; the head is held low. Wild females and young live in large herds; mature bulls form smaller groups. Yaks graze on grass and require much water, eating snow in winter. Wild yaks are now endangered. Domestic yaks, which breed freely with domestic cattle, are used as pack, draft, milk, and beef animals. The hide provides leather; the tail, fly whisks; the fringe hair, ropes; the dried dung, fuel.


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