water buffalo


Definition of water buffalo

: an often domesticated Asian buffalo (Bubalus bubalis synonym B. arnee)

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Examples of water buffalo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web By contrast, a charming early 15th-century ink painting by Sekkyakushi suggests a gentler approach: A boy astride a water buffalo appears to be steering a beast that is as wayward as the mind—not by yanking on the reins, but with a gentle prod. Lee Lawrence, WSJ, 11 May 2022 Scrap metal was valuable, so villagers hauled away most of the plane’s wreckage on carts drawn by water buffalo. New York Times, 24 May 2022 Sekkyakushi’s painting of a boy on a water buffalo alludes to the 10 stages of ox herding, an allegory used to teach students about taming an unruly mind. Washington Post, 21 Apr. 2022 The island is known for its herds of water buffalo. Lucy Sherriff, CNN, 23 Mar. 2022 Buffalo mozzarella is a type of mozzarella that's made from water buffalo milk. Robin Miller, The Arizona Republic, 16 Jan. 2022 His childhood practice of drawing it daily paid off: the sketch shows a remarkable level of detail including winding paths, houses and highways -- even a label showing where the water buffalo lived. Jessie Yeung, CNN, 3 Jan. 2022 These dragons are carnivores and scavengers, eating anything from rodents to water buffalo – and even their own species, the Smithsonian Zoo says. Michelle Shen, USA TODAY, 19 Nov. 2021 Nimmi is a twentysomething nomadic woman — originally part of a Himalayan nomadic tribe that migrates up and down the mountains with their sheep, goat and water buffalo. Denise Davidson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of water buffalo

1827, in the meaning defined above

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1 Aug 2022

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“Water buffalo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20buffalo. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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Kids Definition of water buffalo

: a buffalo of Asia with large curving horns that is often used as a work animal

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