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zebra

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noun ze·bra \ˈzē-brə, Canada & British also ˈze-\

Simple Definition of zebra

  • : an African animal that looks like a horse and has black and white stripes covering its body

Full Definition of zebra

plural zebras

  1. 1 plural also zebra :  any of several fleet African mammals (Equus burchelli, E. grevyi, and E. zebra) related to the horse but distinctively and conspicuously patterned in stripes of black or dark brown and white or buff

  2. 2 [from the shirts patterned in black-and-white stripes worn by football referees] :  referee 2

  3. 3 :  zebra crossing

ze·brine play \-ˌbrīn\ adjective or noun

Origin of zebra

Portuguese zebra, zebro wild ass, perhaps from Latin equiferus, kind of wild horse, from equus horse + ferus wild — more at equine, fierce


First Known Use: 1600

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ZEBRA Defined for Kids

zebra

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noun ze·bra \ˈzē-brə\

Definition of zebra

  1. :  an African animal that is related to the horse and has a hide striped in black and white or black and buff




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