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[tah-kin, -keen] /ˈtɑ kɪn, -kin/
a mountain-dwelling bovid, Budorcas taxicolor, native to the eastern Himalayas, China, and northern Burma, that resembles a cross between a goat and a musk ox.
Origin of takin
1840-50; alleged to be < Mishmi (Tibeto-Burman language of a tribal people of Arunachal Pradesh, NE India) Unabridged
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  • He's had just about time to make the trip on Shank's mare by takin' short cuts.

    Dwellers in the Hills Melville Davisson Post
  • Then I'll give it out that you're takin' your aunt away on a visit.

  • I never thought I'd see you takin' up with these Gospel pedlers.

    The Faith Healer William Vaughn Moody
  • Must be somethin's busted loose in the hills, that folks is all takin' to the open!

    The Gold Girl James B. Hendryx
  • When it comes to takin that trip right over agen I say on with the war.

    "Same old Bill, eh Mable!" Edward Streeter
  • My Jane had been takin' lessons in town all winter, so's to be able to play on it.

    Aunt Jane of Kentucky Eliza Calvert Hall
  • One minute he's dead sure he won't, and the next minute he admits he don't see what harm there would be in takin' one last look.

    Torchy Sewell Ford
  • Mr. Hicks cried, delightedly: "He's takin' a cast of his gooms—I told him about it."

    The Dude Wrangler Caroline Lockhart
  • Want to come back an' see the stray dogs I'm takin' care of?

    In Pawn Ellis Parker Butler
British Dictionary definitions for takin


a massive bovid mammal, Budorcas taxicolor, of mountainous regions of S Asia, having a shaggy coat, short legs, and horns that point backwards and upwards
Word Origin
C19: from Mishmi
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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