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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Eventually the scheme had to be dropped and the cattle and yaks and horses returned to the care of individual herdsmen.
▪ The meat is fat and gristle from tough old yaks, sheep and goats.
▪ The only income is provided by the occasional sale of a yak for the equivalent of $ 100.
▪ They stayed for two weeks, grazing the yaks.
▪ Across the land, every night, teenagers are yakking online in chat rooms with friends and Net acquaintances.
▪ People head out, yakking about this or that shot.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Yak \Yak\ (y[a^]k), n. [Tibetan gyag.] (Zo["o]l.) A bovine mammal ( Po["e]phagus grunnies) native of the high plains of Central Asia. Its neck, the outer side of its legs, and its flanks, are covered with long, flowing, fine hair. Its tail is long and bushy, often white, and is valued as an ornament and for other purposes in India and China. There are several domesticated varieties, some of which lack the mane and the long hair on the flanks. Called also chauri gua, grunting cow, grunting ox, sarlac, sarlik, and sarluc.

Yak lace, a coarse pillow lace made from the silky hair of the yak.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"wild ox of central Asia," 1795, from Tibetan g-yag "male yak." Attested in French from 1791.


"laugh," 1938, variant of yuck (2); "talk idly," 1950, variant of yack. Related: Yakked; yakking.


Etymology 1 n. An ox-like mammal native to the Himalayas and Tibet with dark, long and silky hair a horse like tail and a full, bushy mane. Etymology 2

alt. 1 (context intransitive English) To talk, particularly informally but persistently, such as chatter. 2 (context intransitive English) To vomit, usually as a result of excessive alcohol consumption. n. 1 A talk, particular an informal one such as chattering. 2 (context slang English) A laugh 3 vomit. 4 (context slang English) shorthand for kayak vb. 1 (context intransitive English) To talk, particularly informally but persistently, such as chatter. 2 (context intransitive English) To vomit, usually as a result of excessive alcohol consumption.

  1. n. noisy talk [syn: yack, yakety-yak, chatter, cackle]

  2. large long-haired wild ox of Tibet often domesticated [syn: Bos grunniens]

  3. [also: yakking, yakked]


The yak (Bos grunniens and Bos mutus) is a long-haired bovid found throughout the Himalaya region of southern Central Asia, the Tibetan Plateau and as far north as Mongolia and Russia. Most yaks are domesticated Bos grunniens. There is also a small, vulnerable population of wild yaks, Bos mutus.

Yak (disambiguation)

A yak is a long-haired species of cattle.

Yak may also refer to:

  • Yak (band), an English rock band
  • YAK (cryptography) is a public-key authenticated key agreement protocol
  • Yak (Thailand), a mythical ogre of the Yasha kind
  • "Yak", English game designer Jeff Minter
  • "The Yak", Nigerian footballer Yakubu Aiyegbeni
  • Yakovlev or Yak Aircraft Corporation, or numerous aircraft designed or manufactured by this company
  • Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles YAK, an armoured transport vehicle
  • Yak-B 12.7mm machine gun, a Russian .50 caliber four-barrel gatling gun
  • Yak Peak, a mountain in British Columbia, Canada
YAK (cryptography)

The YAK is a public-key authenticated key agreement protocol. It is considered the simplest among the related protocols, including MQV, HMQV, Station-to-Station protocol, SSL/ TLS etc. The authentication is based on public key pairs. As with other protocols, YAK normally requires a Public Key Infrastructure to distribute authentic public keys to the communicating parties. The author suggests that YAK may be unencumbered by patent.

Yak (band)

Yak are an English alternative rock band, formed in 2014 and composed of singer-guitarist Oliver Henry Burslem, bassist Andy Jones and drummer Elliot Rawson.

The band released their debut album Alas Salvation in May 2016.

Usage examples of "yak".

A short time later, Yazilliclick buzzed from the woods, and then Tavish and Yak stepped into the open.

The reason this senior Abellican abbot had been defeated by Fio Bou-raiy in the last election for Father Abbot of the Church was his close association with Chezru Chieftain Yakim Douan and the Behrenese people.

The actions of Yakim Douan, using the soul stone to steal the bodies from unborn babies so that he could live on in a new corporal mantle, mocked the murals depicting the Abellicans of the north as heretics for using those same stones.

The great deception of Yakim Douan laid waste to the many Chezru images of glorious Transcendence, the process that the Chezru had considered as a passage of knowledge, the incarnation of a new God-Voice to be found among the children of Behren.

Only in walking these halls now, in looking at the murals that formed the core of Chezru beliefs, did Pagonel truly appreciate how profound an effect the deceptions of Yakim Douan would have on this land.

He cited the deception of Yakim Douan as the primary reason for the destructive and unnecessary rift between the two churches, Abellican and Chezru.

In all practicality, Brynn understood that she could not raise an army strong enough to defeat a united Behren alone on even ground, and had, in fact, only survived against the forces of Chezru Chieftain Yakim Douan because Pagonel had turned the Chezru court against their leader and thrown the country of Behren into chaos.

That is what we all desired when Yakim Douan fell and our war ended at the gates of Dharyan-Dharielle.

For hundreds of years, Behren had been united as a kingdom in theory, but even in the last days of Yakim Douan, the political structure had often been more tribal in nature.

In Smon Tang a cow yak would sometimes push out her calf-bed, and it usually took three men a lot of hard work to get it back.

Yaz spotted it on the side of the embankment where the yaks had been parked, waiting patiently for Tomo to reappear.

The presence of the yak muscle meant that the big boys, the real powers in the Newark plex, the ones who had named the club, roust be meeting on the top floor.

And once more those hoofbeats sounded in his ears, plainer than before, but this time giving terror instead of encouragement because he realised that they were not the frightened hoofbeats of his fleeing yak.

Yet she buys from posh London shops, has panniers of pricey victuals delivered by yak drovers each rustic dawn.

Doc Yak and the Katzenjammer Kids, Harold Teen and Dagwood and, as well, all title fantastic Disney characters let loose upon my world.