zebu


ze·bu

noun \ˈzē-(ˌ)bü, -(ˌ)byü\

Definition of ZEBU

:  any of various breeds of domestic oxen developed in India that are often considered conspecific with the common ox (Bos taurus) or sometimes as a separate species (B. indicus) and are characterized by a large fleshy hump over the shoulders, a dewlap, pendulous ears, and marked resistance to the injurious effects of heat and insect attack

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Origin of ZEBU

French zébu
First Known Use: 1774

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