from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A wild, shaggy-haired ox (Bos grunniens) of the mountains of central Asia.
  • noun A domesticated yak, used as a work animal or raised for meat and milk.
  • intransitive verb To talk persistently and meaninglessly; chatter.
  • noun Prolonged, sometimes senseless talk; chatter.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The wild ox of Tibet, Poëphagus grunniens, or any of its domesticated varieties; the grunting ox.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) A bovine mammal (Poëphagus 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.
  • noun a coarse pillow lace made from the silky hair of the yak.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun 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.
  • verb To talk, particularly informally but persistently, such as chatter.
  • verb To vomit, usually as a result of excessive alcohol consumption.
  • noun A talk, particular an informal one such as chattering.
  • noun slang A laugh
  • noun Vomit.
  • noun slang shorthand for kayak

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun noisy talk
  • noun large long-haired wild ox of Tibet often domesticated
  • verb talk profusely


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Tibetan gyag.]

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition


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From Tibetan གཡག (g.yak).

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apparently an onomatopoeia


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  • Kay in reverse.

    November 3, 2007

  • Suddenly I'm up and forcing myself perversely to see something, anything other and more than the still-life rectangle conjured by my implacable windows.  There's Marsaxlokk and its Lego-boat harbour fringed by dead fish staring glassily forever.  There're the balcony-fringed streets of Valletta, too precipitous to give full symphonic backing to the meticulous grid layout.  Pock-marked bastions spill over with tightly-clinging weeds and the resignation of being admiringly sighed at for the millionth time.  There's the Centru Laburista bar pouring Nescafe for twenty-five cents into the cups of never-were-revolutionaries.  There're the glowing streets of the old capital still haunted by leering gargoyles and the whiff of gunpowder stockpiles.  From the citadel of Mdina other villages shimmer and give way to other villages, an écru horizon carved out of yak butter.

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  • Also a source of lengthy though somewhat dull conversation.

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  • Funny that there are no photograhs of kayaks in the visuals.

    October 15, 2011

  • Huh, no photos of yaks over at kayak either.

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  • Don't encourage them, Bilby. I wouldn't put it past them. I've come across some careless errors in my time here. But I've pointed them out, so hopefully they can be removed.

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