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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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  • We've got another child, and he's takin' care of it till I git back.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • And, Moike, you'll be takin' home another goose for 'em when you go.

    The Widow O'Callaghan's Boys Gulielma Zollinger
  • "Sure and I'll not be takin' it, Pat," said the little woman decidedly.

    The Widow O'Callaghan's Boys Gulielma Zollinger
  • And now the old man is a-marryin' an' takin' home a woman not fit for my Katy to be with.

  • "They'll be takin' him out of a freight car about now," said Curry.

    Old Man Curry

    Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
  • Kind of like takin' away the doughnut and leavin' nothin' but the hole.

    Thankful's Inheritance Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Well I wish I was surer of the wisdom in trappin' me into takin' this command.

    Fair Harbor

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

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • That's the way I size it up, and I've been takin' observations for quite a spell.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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