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Yao

 (you)
n. pl. Yao or Yaos
1. A group of culturally related peoples of southern China primarily speaking Hmong-Mien languages and varieties of Chinese.
2. Any of the Hmong-Mien languages spoken by the Yao.

[Mandarin Yáozú, the Yao people.]
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Yao1

(yaʊ)

n.
a legendary emperor of China who, with his successor (Shun), was a paragon of good government.

Yao3

(yaʊ)

n., pl. Yaos, (esp. collectively) Yao.
1. a member of a people or group of peoples living in highland regions of S China, N Vietnam, N Laos, and N Thailand.
2. the languages of the Yao.
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Alex Yao, 57, succumbed to at least three gunshot wounds on the left side of his chest and chin.
This policy of suppression dominated not just the domain of public discussion but the education system as well (Dor-Shav & Yaos 1983).
The south, (with Islam spread among the lakeshore Yaos) had, and retains, a more commercial ethos.
It took a couple of years, however, to convince Plenus Company Limited to partner with the Yaos and Gobings.