ze·​bra | \ ˈzē-brə How to pronounce zebra (audio) , Canadian and British also ˈze- \
plural zebras

Definition of zebra

1 plural also zebra : any of several fleet African mammals (Equus burchelli, E. grevyi, and E. zebra) related to the horse but distinctively and conspicuously patterned in stripes of black or dark brown and white or buff
2 [from the shirts patterned in black-and-white stripes worn by football referees] : referee sense 2

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Other Words from zebra

zebrine \ ˈzē-​ˌbrīn How to pronounce zebrine (audio) , Canadian and British also  ˈze-​ \ adjective or noun

Examples of zebra in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kelly Thomas said her horses and zebra were rescued and her mom and four cats are staying with someone else. David Williams, CNN, "Couple loses almost everything in California wildfire," 12 Sep. 2020 Later in the tour, a friendly zebra accepted handouts of carrots and made for a great selfie background. Patrick Connolly, orlandosentinel.com, "Lakeland ATV safari yields encounters with antelope, zebras, lemurs," 8 Sep. 2020 Dallas also has a zebra foal named Sukari, and Fort Worth has a young lesser kudu. Shannon Sutlief, Dallas News, "Fun things to do in September in Dallas-Fort Worth — online, outdoors and more," 3 Sep. 2020 Dallas also has a zebra foal named Sukari, and Fort Worth has a young lesser kudu. Shannon Sutlief, Dallas News, "Fun things to do this month in Dallas-Fort Worth — online, outdoors and more," 27 Aug. 2020 Examples include a zebra shark named Leonie, housed with other female sharks at Australia’s Reef HQ Aquarium, who stunned her keepers in 2016 when three of her eggs hatched into living pups. Corryn Wetzel, National Geographic, "How some animals have ‘virgin births’: Parthenogenesis explained," 25 Aug. 2020 In addition to the African wild donkey, the zoo also saw the births of two Hartmann’s mountain zebra foals on Aug. 6 and 11, respectively. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "One of the world's rarest animals, a African wild donkey, born at English zoo," 24 Aug. 2020 Martin How, a Bristol research fellow, have put zebra-print coats on domestic horses for their research, a good alternative to studying zebras in the wild. Francesca Giuliani-hoffman, CNN, "Zebra stripes and other high-contrast patterns disorient biting flies, new study suggests," 18 Aug. 2020 The team kept an eye on the stork as staff brought the zebra and rhino into the barns. Mckenna Oxenden, baltimoresun.com, "Saddle-billed stork wanders off from habitat at Maryland Zoo on Tuesday," 18 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of zebra

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for zebra

Portuguese zebra, zebro wild ass, perhaps from Latin equiferus, kind of wild horse, from equus horse + ferus wild — more at equine, fierce

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The first known use of zebra was in 1597

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16 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Zebra.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zebra. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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How to pronounce zebra (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of zebra

: an African animal that looks like a horse and has black and white stripes covering its body


ze·​bra | \ ˈzē-brə How to pronounce zebra (audio) \

Kids Definition of zebra

: an African animal that is related to the horse and has a hide striped in black and white or black and buff

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