Definition of takin in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtäˌkēn/


A large heavily built goat-antelope found in steep, dense woodlands of the eastern Himalayas.
  • Budorcas taxicolor, family Bovidae.
Example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: ta·kin

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