American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A wild, shaggy-haired ox (Bos grunniens) of the mountains of central Asia.
- n. A domesticated yak, used as a work animal or raised for meat and milk.
- v. To talk persistently and meaninglessly; chatter.
- n. Prolonged, sometimes senseless talk; chatter.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The wild ox of Tibet, Poëphagus grunniens, or any of its domesticated varieties; the grunting ox. The yak is a remarkable instance of the development of the pelage under climatic influences. The modification is like that seen in the musk-ox of arctic regions, Ovibos moschatus, though altitude has done for the yak what has resulted from latitude in the case of the musk-ox. The body is covered with very long hair hanging from the shoulders, sides, and hips nearly to the ground, and the tail bears a heavy brush of long hairs. The wild animal, which inhabits the mountains of Tibet about the snow-line and descends into the valleys in winter, is of a blackish color; the back is humped; and the general form is not unlike that of the bison, though the long hair gives the animal a different appearance. The actual relationships of the yak are with the humped Asiatic cattle of which the zebu is the best-known domesticated stock. The yak is of great economic importance to the Tibetans, and has been domesticated. In this state it sports in many color-variations, like other cattle. It is used as a beast of burden, makes excellent beef, and yields rich milk and butter; the long silky hair is spun and woven for many fabrics. The tails when mounted furnish the fly-snappers or chowries much used in India, and they are also dyed in various colors as decorations and ceremonial insignia. The elephant-headed god Ganesa is usually represented as flourishing the chowry with his trunk over the heads of various personages of the Hindu pantheon. Yaks have often been taken to Europe, where they are kept in menageries, and have repeatedly been bred in confinement. The yak crosses easily with some other cattle, producing various mixed breeds. See also cut under
- 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.
- v. To talk, particularly informally but persistently, such as chatter.
- v. To vomit, usually as a result of excessive alcohol consumption.
- n. A talk, particular an informal one such as chattering.
- n. slang A laugh
- n. Vomit.
- n. slang shorthand for kayak
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (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.
- n. noisy talk
- n. large long-haired wild ox of Tibet often domesticated
- v. talk profusely
- apparently an onomatopoeia (Wiktionary)
- Tibetan gyag.Imitative. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I need my mental space and you deserve someone better yak yak yak ”
“They have horses and ponies, but the yak is the beast of burden, and he supplies them with his long shaggy coat with plenty of wool (which they export and from which they make their clothes), and also supplies them with milk.”
“A new wrinkle in the proliferation of sports talk radio: sports yak from a Christian perspective.”
“What do you call a yak who gives off power in the sun?”
“The riverside town of Cognac has for four centuries been the home of cognac-making, now a booming export trade, not least among the American rapper fraternity where it's known as "yak".”
“For Tsawang Dumi, his yak is the equivilent of Rhodri's ministerial car.”
“Sad for all that his yak was a fine, strong beast and its saddle of tooled leather with silver trappings; and despite the fact that his robe was new and rich, his saddle bags fully provisioned and his purse crammed with gold.”
“The yak is a fast-moving animal, and started forward on a run, soon gaining the shelter selected.”
“Up to this point we had been using mules and ponies, and we now took the yak, which is the main transportation animal of Thibet.”
“The yak is a very tame, domestic animal, often handsome, and a true bison in appearance; it is invaluable to these mountaineers from its strength and hardiness, accomplishing, at a slow pace, twenty miles a day, bearing either two bags of salt or rice, or four to six planks of pinewood slung in pairs along either flank.”
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