- Wade-Giles, Pinyin. a legendary emperor of China who, with his successor (Shun), was a paragon of good government.
- a member of an indigenous people of Malawi, Mozambique, and Tanzania.
- the Bantu language spoken by the Yao.
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Examples from the Web for yao
At a press conference in March, Yao said, “Buying ivory is the same as buying a bullet.”China’s Blood Ivory Bazaar
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.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.Porn Star Sora Aoi Is Taking China by Storm
Isaac Stone Fish
May 20, 2011
Now, if he can just win over his communist bosses, he'll be the biggest thing since Yao Ming.This Week's Best Reads
The Daily Beast
April 23, 2011
Again, “When the dragon walks he is called sah, when he flies he is a yao.”Mythical Monsters
Even Yao and Shun were still striving to attain this height.The Sayings of Confucius
Some say that Yao is shackled and hidden away, and that Shun has died in the fields.The Poet Li Po
With the reign of Yao the historical work of Confucius begins.Historic Tales, Vol. 12 (of 15)
We might regard them as representatives of the Tai and Yao cultures.A history of China., [3d ed. rev. and enl.]