Przewalski's horse


Prze·​wal·​ski's horse pshə-ˈväl-skēz- How to pronounce Przewalski's horse (audio)
variants or Przewalski horse
pshə-ˈväl-skē- How to pronounce Przewalski's horse (audio)
: a small stocky bay- or dun-colored wild horse (Equus caballus przewalskii synonym E. przewalskii) of central Asia having a large head and short erect mane and now existing chiefly in captivity

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Examples of Przewalski's horse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In an effort to increase genetic diversity among horses, scientists have gone sci-fi and used frozen 40-year-old cells to create Kurt, the very first clone of a Przewalski's horse. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, 26 Oct. 2020 Scientists, though, urge that there needs to be more work done to ensure the future survival of the Przewalski's horse, per the release. Alexis Jones, Peoplemag, 28 Jan. 2023 North Carolina's red wolves, the Eurasian beaver and Przewalski's horse have in common? Rebecca Cairns, CNN, 16 Apr. 2021 Kurt was born at Timber Creek Veterinary in Texas on August 6 and has the traditional features of an endangered Przewalski's horse, the last truly wild equine species in the world. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, 26 Oct. 2020 Archaeological evidence of horse domestication points to the Botai culture of Central Asia at least 5,500 years ago, but those horses are genetically related to the wild Przewalski's horse, not domestic horses. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, 3 May 2019

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Word History


Nikolaĭ M. Przhevalskiĭ †1888 Russian soldier & explorer

First Known Use

1881, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Przewalski's horse was in 1881

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