Wade-Giles, Pinyin. a legendary emperor of China who, with his successor (Shun), was a paragon of good government.



noun, plural Yaos, (especially collectively) Yao for 1.

a member of an indigenous people of Malawi, Mozambique, and Tanzania.
the Bantu language spoken by the Yao.
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Contemporary Examples of yao

  • At a press conference in March, Yao said, “Buying ivory is the same as buying a bullet.”

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    China’s Blood Ivory Bazaar

    Brendon Hong

    June 30, 2014

  • “The element of adding a foreigner is not quite a clown show or circus type of act, but it does have a novelty effect,” says Yao.

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    Foreigners Become Unlikely Chinese TV Stars

    Benjamin F. Carlson

    April 12, 2012

  • Sora's Chinese name has more than 41 million page hits on Google, exceeding that of Mao Zedong, Yao Ming, or Confucius.

  • Now, if he can just win over his communist bosses, he'll be the biggest thing since Yao Ming.

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Historical Examples of yao