Americanized Encyclopaedia Britannica; REV. and Amended a Dictionary of Arts, Sciences and Literature, to Which Is Added Biographies of Living Subject

Americanized Encyclopaedia Britannica; REV. and Amended a Dictionary of Arts, Sciences and Literature, to Which Is Added Biographies of Living Subject

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1890 edition. Excerpt: ...external characteristic is the excessive growth and peculiar distribution of the hairy covering. The upper parts of the body and sides are clothed with a thick, soft, woolly hair, more fully developed along the middle of the back, especially on the shoulders, where it forms a great bunch; on the sides it is comparatively short. From the upper parts of the limbs and the whole of the lower surface of the body a thick growth of long, straight pendent hair descends, in old animals sweeping the ground and almost concealing the somewhat short legs. The tail is profusely covered with a thick mass of such hairs. The calves are at first covered only with a soft, shortish woolly hair, of nearly uniform length all over. Domestic yaks vary considerably in size and appearance according to their treatment and the purpose for which they are bred. The finest are those used for carrying the native chiefs. Those employed for plowing are very inferior-looking animals. They vary also in color. The wild animals are nearly uniformly black; the domestic yaks are often quite white. It is not uncommon lo see the long hair on the ridge of the back, that on the tail, and the long flowing hair of the under parts white, while all the rest of the animal is black. The tails of the domestic yaks are used as ornamental standards by the Tartars, and are largely imported into India as chowries or fly-flaps. YAKUTSK, a province of Eastern Siberia, which includes nearly the whole of the basin of the Lena, and covers an area of 1517,127 square miles (nearly onethird of Siberia and almost one-fifth of the entire Russian empire). It has the Arctic Ocean on the north, Yeniseisk on the west, Irkutsk, Transbaikalia and Amur on the south, and is separated from the Pacific (Sea of...show more

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  • English
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  • 1236541014
  • 9781236541017