Emacs' name for 'paste' (the one that goes together with copy).

Yanking means reinserting text previously killed. The usual way to move or copy text is to kill it and then yank it elsewhere.

  • C-y:Yank the last kill into the buffer, at point (yank).
  • M-y: Replace the text just yanked with an earlier batch of killed text (yank-pop).

(from the Emacs manual)