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yoke (s) (noun), yokes (pl)
1. A curved timber with attachments which is used for coupling draft animals; such as oxen, usually having a bow at each end which fit on the neck of each animal .
2. A wooden bar or frame used to join draft animals at the heads or necks so they could pull a plow or a heavy load together.
3. A bind or tie that keeps people together, positively or negatively; such as the yoke of love or the yoke of marriage.
4. If two or more people or things are yoked together, they are forced to be closely linked or joined with each other, or the yoking of an unhappy situation: "He was yoked to his job because he couldn't find employment in any other occupation."
5. Something which causes people to be treated cruelly and unfairly; especially, by taking away their freedom: "The people of this country have struggled to free themselves from the yoke of foreign rule and the yoke of tyranny."
6. An oppressive force or influence; a crushing burden or weight; such as, under the yoke of heavy taxes to support a government's inefficient economic policies.
7. In medicine, a tissue connecting two structures.
8. Etymology: "yoke" was developed from Old English geoc, "yoke"; from Latin jugum, "joining, yoke"; related to jungere, "to join".

The etymological idea underlying yoke is of "joining"; including the "joining of two animals together", or the joining of people; as, "they were joined together by the yoke of friendship" or "they were yoked together in marriage".

This entry is located in the following unit: junct-, jug-, join- (page 7)
yoke (verb), yokes; yoked; yoking
This entry is located in the following unit: junct-, jug-, join- (page 7)
yoke, yolk, joke, joke
yoke (YOHK) (noun)
1. Double harness, coupler, collar, bond, clasp: "The two oxen were put into the yoke."

"A rubber yoke held the two wires together."

2. Pair, team, brace, couple: "It takes a yoke of oxen to pull that wagon."
3. Bondage, slavery, enslavement, servitude; serfdom, vassalage: "Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation freed the slaves from their yoke of bondage."
yolk (YOHK) (noun)
The yellow, or orange, part in the center of an egg containing fat and protein: "Susan, please separate the yolk from the white of the egg before you make the final mixture for the cake."
joke (JOHK) (noun)
1. Jest, diversion, playful or mischievous trick or remark, facetiousness, frolic; gag, prank, frolic, witticism, farce: "Wearing his clothes inside out was Gordon's idea of a joke."
2. Object of ridicule, a laughing-stock; fool, buffoon, clown, village idiot, bumpkin: "Melvin was the joke of the town because of his silly hair style."
joke (JOHK) (verb)
Poke fun at, mock, ridicule, laugh at, snicker, jeer at: "They joke about Lee's ineptitude, or lack of training, as a computer technician."

Bertha, use caution with yoke and yolk or the joke will be on you!

"A travel writer once wrote about being in Mexico, where 'we saw people carrying baskets on yolks across their shoulders.' The writer 'took pictures of the yolked and harnessed figures.' "

"Another writer told of a gentleman who knows when his body needs fuel: He eats 'potatoes, pasta, salad, eggs (without the yokes) and pancakes.' "

"Well, folks, oxen have yokes and eggs have yolks, and anyone who carries baskets on yolks is going to have a messy shirt" . . . and that's no joke!

—"Careful, or the yoke may be on you" by James Kilpatrick.

It is not a joke; the yolk of an egg is a very good medium for mixing colors for painting. His friend, who was a painter, used this medium to paint a mural depicting the yoke of bondage of miners who lived in an impoverished country.

Units related to: “yoke
(Latin: link, unite, yoke; bring together, meet, merge, engage in; combine)
(Greek: yoke, forming pairs; joined, union; or indicating a relationship to a junction; meaning a yoke or crossbar by which two draft animals; such as, oxen could be hitched to a plow or wagon)