water buffalo


Definition of water buffalo

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

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Recent Examples on the Web In Northern Australia, grazing by water buffalo, the largest herbivores since the continent lost its giant marsupials, reduces the frequency and severity of wildfires, Mr. Lundgren said. Asher Elbein, New York Times, "Pablo Escobar’s Hippos Fill a Hole Left Since Ice Age Extinctions," 26 Mar. 2020 And Lundgren says invasive species filling in extinct roles can be positive since creatures like water buffalo can reduce wildfires and amp up tree growth. Sara Kiley Watson, Popular Science, "Pablo Escobar’s invasive hippos could actually be good for the environment," 25 Mar. 2020 Sugar and water buffalo meat, two of the other leading farm exports, are also water-intensive. David Fickling | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "How India’s Water Ends Up Everywhere But India," 8 July 2019 The same goes for the water buffalo populations that could also be seen as a pest. Sara Kiley Watson, Popular Science, "Pablo Escobar’s invasive hippos could actually be good for the environment," 25 Mar. 2020 But there are also cheeses made from camel milk, water buffalo milk – even moose milk. Stephanie Clark, The Conversation, "Why does Swiss cheese have holes?," 27 Feb. 2020 Sulawesi is home to species found nowhere else, including vibrant hornbills, miniature water buffalo, tusked deer-pigs and some tarsiers, a small, nocturnal primate. Ian Morse, Anchorage Daily News, "Mining turned Indonesian seas red. The drive for greener cars could herald a new toxic tide.," 22 Nov. 2019 One farmer was miraculously able to load a water buffalo aboard a canoe. Jason Gutierrez, New York Times, "A Homecoming at Taal Volcano: ‘Everything’s Gone in the Blink of an Eye.’," 14 Jan. 2020 The painting, described today in the journal Nature, depicts two pigs and four small-bodied relatives of water buffalo, as well as what appear to be eight humanoid figures that are two to four inches tall. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "Ancient cave art may depict the world's oldest hunting scene," 11 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of water buffalo

1827, in the meaning defined above

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“Water buffalo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20buffalo. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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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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