water buffalo

noun

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


WATER BUFFALO Defined for English Language Learners

water buffalo

noun

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

noun

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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