One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large, heavily built goat-antelope found in steep, dense woodlands of the eastern Himalayas.
Budorcas taxicolor, family Bovidae
- ‘The national animal is an extremely rare mammal called the takin.’
- ‘Taxonomists finally determined that the musk-ox's closest relative is the golden takin, a goat-antelope of the mountainous regions of southeastern Tibet, northern Burma and western China.’
- ‘The takin is not the closest relative to the musk-ox.’
- ‘On the World Natural Heritage List and the list of Man and Biosphere of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, it is a nature reserve with takins, snub-nosed monkeys and giant pandas.’
Mid 19th century: a local word.
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