[tah-kin, -keen]


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)
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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.

  • "Sure and I'll not be takin' it, Pat," said the little woman decidedly.

  • 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

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 for takin

C19: from Mishmi
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