Yoke GRE Vocabulary Flashcard
/jəʊk/ (noun & verb)
Verb: to connect or combine two things, to join together, pair, unite, conjoin, amalgamate, bind, relate, link, couple, bracket, harness
Noun: a wooden frame to harness animals, frame for carrying loads – burden, encumbrance, bondage
A yoke is a wooden beam normally used between a pair of oxen or other animals to enable them to pull together on a load when working in pairs, as oxen usually do; some yokes are fitted to individual animals. There are several types of yoke, used in different cultures, and for different types of oxen. A pair of oxen may be called a yoke of oxen, and yoke is also a verb, as in “to yoke a pair of oxen”. Other animals that may be yoked include horses, mules, donkeys, and water buffalo.
Antonyms: avoid, disband, separate