Abominable Snowman

a legendary large, hairy, humanoid creature said to inhabit the Himalayas. Also called yeti.
[1920-25; spurious trans. of a supposed Tibetan phrase metoh kangmi, prob. an erroneous rendering of Tibetan mi t'om man-bear and k'ang mi snowfield man]

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Mythical monster believed to inhabit the Himalayas near the snow line.

The Yeti is thought to resemble an oversized man covered with shaggy fur. Reported sightings are rare; evidence of its existence consists largely of unusual footprints left in the snow, probably the tracks of bears. At certain gaits, bears place the hindfoot partly over the imprint of the forefoot, thus creating tracks that resemble the footprints of a very large primate heading in the opposite direction.

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      mythical monster supposed to inhabit the Himalayas at about the level of the snow line. Though reports of actual sightings of such a creature are rare, certain mysterious markings in the snow have traditionally been attributed to it. Those not caused by lumps of snow or stones falling from higher regions and bouncing across the lower slopes have probably been produced by bears. At certain gaits bears place the hindfoot partly over the imprint of the forefoot, thus making a very large imprint that looks deceptively like an enormous human footprint positioned in the opposite direction.

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