ban·​teng ˈbän-ˌteŋ How to pronounce banteng (audio)
: a wild ox (Bos javanicus synonym B. banteng) of southeastern Asia sometimes domesticated for use as a draft animal or for its meat

Examples of banteng in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Borenan banteng, a species of wild cattle, was an especially popular subject, but other animals make appearances, including a few species that may now be extinct on the island. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, 9 Nov. 2018 Between the zoo's six elephants, five rhinoceroses and three bantengs, the zoo collects more than 2,000 pounds of dung per day. Carli Teproff,, 18 May 2017

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Word History


Malay of Indonesia, from Javanese banṭéng

First Known Use

1817, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of banteng was in 1817

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“Banteng.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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