water buffalo

noun
Updated on: 27 Apr 2018

Definition of water buffalo

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

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First Known Use of water buffalo

1827

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WATER BUFFALO Defined for English Language Learners

water buffalo

Definition of water buffalo for English Language Learners

  • : a large animal like a cow with long horns that lives in Asia and is often used to pull plows


WATER BUFFALO Defined for Kids

water buffalo

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Definition of water buffalo for Students

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


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