Yeti

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The Yeti or Abominable Snowman is an ape-like cryptid said to inhabit the Himalayan region of India,[1][2] Nepal and Tibet. The names Yeti and Meh-Teh are commonly used by the people indigenous to the region,[3] and are part of their history and mythology. Stories of the Yeti first emerged as a facet of Western popular culture in the 19th century.

The scientific community generally regards the Yeti as a legend, given the lack of conclusive evidence,[4] yet it remains one of the most famous creatures of cryptozoology. The Yeti may be considered a sort of parallel to the Bigfoot of North America.

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Etymology and alternate names

The word Yeti is derived from Tibetan: གཡའ་དྲེད་Wylie: g.ya' dred), a compound of the words Tibetan: གཡའ་Wylie: g.ya' "rocky", "rocky place" and (Tibetan: དྲེད་Wylie: dred) "bear".[5][6][7][8][9] Pranavananda[5] states that the words "ti", "te" and "teh" are derived from the spoken word 'tre' (spelled "dred"), Tibetan for bear, with the 'r' so softly pronounced as to be almost inaudible, thus making it "te" or "teh".[5][9][10]

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