Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Wikipedia.


(təkēn`), hoofed mammal, Budorcas toxicolor, found in Asia, most closely related to the musk ox. The takin is oxlike in build and may reach a shoulder height of 3 1-2 ft (107 cm). It has a large head with a broad blunt muzzle; both sexes have high-set, outward-curving horns. Takins are found in the wooded mountains and valleys of W China and in the Himalayas. Although ungainly in their movements they are agile climbers. Powerful animals, they are especially fierce when cornered or wounded. They feed on a wide variety of plant life. Members of the western race are dull yellow-brown in color, but members of the races found in China are bright yellow with areas of black. The golden takin of Shaanxi prov. is a metallic gold with black hindparts. Takins are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
..... Click the link for more information.
, subphylum Vertebrata, class Mammalia, order Artiodactyla, family Bovidae.
The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia™ Copyright © 2013, Columbia University Press. Licensed from Columbia University Press. All rights reserved. www.cc.columbia.edu/cu/cup/
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



(Budorcas taxicolor), an artiodactyl of the family Bovidae; the only representative of the genus. The body is massive, and the legs are short and thick. The horns are curved backward. The animal stands about 100 cm high at the shoulder; the body length ranges from about 120 to 150 cm, and the weight is about 300 kg. The coloration is reddish gray. The takin is distributed in the high mountains of Central Asia, inhabiting areas near the timberline. It is a gregarious polygamous animal. Its diet consists of grass and leaves.


Zhizn’ zhivotnykh, vol. 6. Moscow, 1971.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
References in periodicals archive ?
The giant panda, takin, and goral all inhabit the mountainous terrain covered by dense forests, which make direct observations difficult (Zhang et al.
Hor Ka Joa po qualif tion takin med pur Wiggo, 36, paid tribute to his tribut teammates as he prepared to celebrate - but told fans there would be no Brazilian cocktails.
The line-up i on the huge var dance groups fr hope that people encouraged to tr as we show age creative and takin The night will a NuWave, a group over 60 and bas Theatre in Newp Arts and Creativity Proer, Emma Robinson, ted to be working with year's Gwanwyn Festiis a fantastic reflection riety of older people's from across Wales.
Knight MP " The Greens, Solihull Council's official opposition, have also made further strides by takin an extra seat in Smith's Wood from the SDP.
Main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) deputies GE-rsel Takin, BaryE- YarkadaE- and Enis Berberoy-lu, members of the Confederation of Revolutionary Workers' Unions (DySK), Pak Media Work (Pak Medya-yE-) Union and Dilek DE-ndar, the wife of arrested journalist Can DE-ndar were among the protesting people.
Juxtaposing these contentions with Global HipHop Nation Language (GHHNL), a category I have explained extensively elsewhere (Ibrahim, "Global"; Ibrahim, "Takin"; see also Alim), one may conclude that not only are youth mindful of these arguments but also they put them into practice.
"I'm a mas ror fan with een being my ite time of y says, Laura, w has alrea started takin bookings fo HALLOWEEN and char PS15-PS20 per hour.
yep, the only space they shud be takin up in life is the 140 chars here!...
Ulan Emilbek uulu (men's up to 70 kg) and Takin Jakshylykov (men's 90 kg) won silver medals.
Iranian Governor of Chaldoran region Karim Hosseinzadeh heading the Iranian delegation and Turkish governor of Agri province Mohammad Takin Arsalan signed the agreement on the sidelines of a joint periodic security commission.