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 2
3 : zebra crossing
zebrineplay \ˈzē-ˌbrīn, Canadian and British also ˈze-\ adjective or noun
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Zebra has receivers installed in NFL stadiums that communicate with RFID transmitters inside the shoulder pads of each player that provides those stats such as speed and distance.
In 1984, geneticists recovered 229 base pairs of genetic code from a quagga, a subspecies of zebra extinct since the late 1800s.
Deciding if a wild animal like a Grevy's zebra should be treated by vets is a complicated issue, says Joshua Ginsberg, president of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies.
Has anyone done an economic analysis of the staggering cost to insurers, patients and the government that flow from the medical profession’s clinging to the old saw about looking for horses and not zebras?
The wildebeest, accompanied by some 200,000 zebra and antelope, travel clockwise through the Serengeti, tracking pockets of rainfall and grazing on about 4,500 tons of grass every day.
Zebras, aardvarks, ostriches, oryxes, snakes and beetles battle it out with the unforgiving sun and rely on a water supply that comes mainly from fog.
The art was of the anodyne motel variety — an old-masters-esque tableau, a canvas of a zebra standing in a forest.
Most of the animal bones come from gazelles, but there were also the cut and broken bones of hartebeests, wildebeests, zebras, buffalos, porcupines, hares, tortoises, freshwater mollusks, snakes and ostrich eggs.
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ZEBRA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of zebra for English Language Learners
: an African animal that looks like a horse and has black and white stripes covering its body
ZEBRA Defined for Kids
Definition of zebra for Students
: 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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