ta·​kin | \ ˈtä-ˌkēn How to pronounce takin (audio) \

Definition of takin

: a large heavily built bovid (Budorcas taxicolor) of Tibet and adjacent areas of Asia that is related to the goats and the musk ox and that has horns in both sexes arising near the midline of the head and sweeping abruptly outward and then backward and upward

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Examples of takin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web She’s the first golden takin born in the Western Hemisphere. San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 May 2021 In 1989, the first Sichuan takin born outside China was born at the zoo. San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 May 2021 As the takin did a full loop around the zoo, a recapture team with tranquilizers, and rifles for back-up, chased the animal until he was sedated, Nahabedian said. BostonGlobe.com, 15 May 2018 Last Tuesday, the 8-by-12-foot glass fronts came down from dioramas of lowland gorillas and takin (a gnu goat from mountainous western China), and the sweet smell of old preservative filled the air. Stephan Salisbury, Philly.com, 19 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of takin

1850, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for takin

Mishmi (Tibeto-Burman language of northeast India)

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“Takin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/takin. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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