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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
  • And now the old man is a-marryin' an' takin' home a woman not fit for my Katy to be with.

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

    The Faith Healer William Vaughn Moody
  • Kind of like takin' away the doughnut and leavin' nothin' but the hole.

    Thankful's Inheritance Joseph C. Lincoln
  • When it comes to takin that trip right over agen I say on with the war.

    "Same old Bill, eh Mable!" Edward Streeter
  • Well I wish I was surer of the wisdom in trappin' me into takin' this command.

    Fair Harbor Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • 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
  • You may feel—as I know you do feel—that my takin' this job is a foolish thing.

    Fair Harbor Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • 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
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