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 So Faythe found a small herd of water buffalo and gave them to David for his birthday. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 9 June 2021 This summer, Charlevoix will also see the grand opening of Hungry Ducks Farm, a petting zoo where families can feed baby ducks, meet miniature goats, fluffy chickens and water buffalo. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 June 2021 At the zoo, these animals feast on fish, rats and chunks of lamb, but in the wild, Komodo dragons often hunt deer, wild boar and even water buffalo. San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 June 2021 Growing up, Karkare drank water buffalo milk, produced on a small farm in such a way that consumers only got milk that the calf would not drink in any case, says Karkare. Stephanie Dolgoff, Good Housekeeping, 23 Apr. 2021 Confections soon followed, some made from water buffalo’s milk and others made with cow’s. Washington Post, 12 Apr. 2021 Their life now is isolating, their home a tiny space encased by mud, with a few water buffalo and goats that were on loan but have since had to be returned. New York Times, 31 Mar. 2021 In August 2019, a search warrant was executed at Wilson’s park, where animal control agencies seized 119 exotic animals, including tigers, bears, lions, camels and water buffalo. Antonio Ferme, chicagotribune.com, 21 Mar. 2021 True mozzarella is made from water buffalo milk, and there are some U.S. producers. David Tanis, New York Times, 26 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of water buffalo

1827, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of water buffalo was in 1827

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14 Jun 2021

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“Water buffalo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20buffalo. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of water buffalo

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

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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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