takin

takin

[tah-kin, -keen]
noun
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:
1840–50; alleged to be < Mishmi (Tibeto-Burman language of a tribal people of Arunachal Pradesh, NE India)

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takin (ˈtɑːkiːn)
 
n
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
 
[C19: from Mishmi]

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takin

(species Budorcas taxicolor), heavily built hoofed mammal of Southeast Asia, belonging to the family Bovidae (order Artiodactyla). The takin lives in small herds in the mountains, often above the timberline. Robust and short-legged, it can move about quickly and easily over difficult slopes. It stands up to about 107 cm (3.5 feet) at the shoulder and has a shaggy yellowish to blackish brown coat. In profile, it has a convex nose; both sexes have heavy horns that turn outward from the centre of the forehead and then curve up and backward

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