abominable snow man

Abominable Snowman

noun
a legendary large, hairy, humanoid creature said to inhabit the Himalayas.
Also called yeti.


Origin:
1920–25; spurious translation of a supposed Tibetan phrase metoh kangmi, probably an erroneous rendering of Tibetan mi t'om man-bear and k'ang mi snowfield man

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abominable snowman
 
n
Also called: yeti a large legendary manlike or apelike creature, alleged to inhabit the Himalayan Mountains
 
[a translation of Tibetan metohkangmi, from metoh foul + kangmi snowman]

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abominable snowman
1921, translating Tibetan meetaoh kangmi.
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