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 This classic diner serves an international selection of burgers and a new A5 Wagyu option, but its specialty is exotic meat grinds like wild boar, water buffalo, gator, elk, antelope and even camel. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 May 2024 Travelers will have the opportunity to see water buffalo, lotus ponds, rice paddies, and other local flora and fauna. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 13 May 2024 Our headlight catches a hobbling water buffalo whose front leg was cut in half by shrapnel. Jason Motlagh, Rolling Stone, 16 Apr. 2023 In Colorado, up until 2022, inmates raised water buffalo for milk that was then sold to Leprino Foods, which supplies mozzarella cheese to pizza chains including Domino’s, Pizza Hut, and Papa Johns. Angela L. Pagán / The Takeout, Quartz, 16 Feb. 2024 Many animals also depend on the river for their very survival including river otters, sea birds, and water buffalo. Sara Novak, Discover Magazine, 8 Feb. 2024 The mutton and water buffalo kebabs, topped with liquid butter, melt with each bite. Alex Bhattacharji, Condé Nast Traveler, 7 Dec. 2023 Indeed, the kebab made of the other red meat, water buffalo, was the real revelation, delicately charred on the outside, juicy and spicy within. Alex Bhattacharji, Condé Nast Traveler, 7 Dec. 2023 Charlotte, North Carolina:Escaped Chinese water buffalo euthanized after hourslong chase Eric Lagatta covers breaking and trending news for USA TODAY. Eric Lagatta, USA TODAY, 6 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1827, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of water buffalo was in 1827

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“Water buffalo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20buffalo. Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

water buffalo

: an Asian buffalo that is often domesticated and somewhat resembles a large ox

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