Yak vs. Bison

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Main Difference

The main difference between Yak and Bison is that the the domestic yak as a species, for the wild yak or the joint species use Q26547; for the domestic yak as a subspecies use Q12022233 and Bison is a genus of mammals.

  • Yak

    The domestic yak (Bos grunniens) is a long-haired domesticated bovid found throughout the Himalayan region of the Indian subcontinent, the Tibetan Plateau and as far north as Mongolia and Russia. It is descended from the wild yak (Bos mutus).

  • Bison

    Bison are large, even-toed ungulates in the genus Bison within the subfamily Bovinae.

    Two extant and six extinct species are recognised. Of the six extinct species, five became extinct in the Quaternary extinction event. Bison palaeosinensis evolved in the Early Pleistocene in South Asia, and was the evolutionary ancestor of B. priscus (steppe bison), which was the ancestor of all other Bison species. From 2 MYA to 6,000 BC, steppe bison ranged across the mammoth steppe, inhabiting Europe and northern Asia with B. schoetensacki (woodland bison), and North America with B. antiquus, B. latifrons, and B. occidentalis. The last species to go extinct, B. occidentalis, was succeeded at 3,000 BC by B. bison.

    Of the two surviving species, the American bison, B. bison, found only in North America, is the more numerous. Although commonly known as a buffalo in the United States and Canada, it is only distantly related to the true buffalo. The North American species is composed of two subspecies, the Plains bison, B. b. bison, and the Wood bison, B. b. athabascae, which is the namesake of Wood Buffalo National Park in Canada. A third subspecies, the Eastern Bison (B. b. pennsylvanicus) is no longer considered a valid taxon, being a junior synonym of B. b. bison. References to “Woods Bison” or “Wood Bison” from the eastern United States confusingly refer to this subspecies, not B. b. athabascae, which was not found in the region. The European bison, B. bonasus, or wisent, is found in Europe and the Caucasus, reintroduced after being extinct in the wild.

    While all bison species are classified in their own genus, they are sometimes bred with domestic cattle (genus Bos) and produce fertile offspring called beefalo or zubron.

  • Yak (noun)

    An ox-like mammal native to the Himalayas and Tibet with dark, long, and silky hair, a horse-like tail, and a full, bushy mane.

  • Yak (noun)

    A talk, particular an informal talk; chattering; gossip.

  • Yak (noun)

    A laugh.

  • Yak (noun)


  • Yak (noun)

    A kayak.

  • Yak (verb)

    To talk, particularly informally but persistently; to chatter or prattle.

  • Yak (verb)

    To vomit, usually as a result of excessive alcohol consumption.

  • Bison (noun)

    A wild ox, Bison bonasus.

    “wisent|European bison”

  • Bison (noun)

    A similar American animal, Bison bison else species or species.

    “American bison|buffalo|q2=imprecise”

  • Yak (noun)

    a large domesticated wild ox with shaggy hair, humped shoulders, and large horns, used in Tibet as a pack animal and for its milk, meat, and hide.

  • Yak (noun)

    trivial or unduly prolonged conversation.

  • Yak (verb)

    talk at length about trivial or boring subjects

    “she wondered what he was yakking about”

Oxford Dictionary

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