zebra

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noun ze·bra \ˈzē-brə, Canadian and British also ˈze-\

Definition of zebra

plural

zebras

  1. 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. 2 [from the shirts patterned in black-and-white stripes worn by football referees] :  referee 2

  3. 3 :  zebra crossing

zebrine

play \ˈzē-ˌbrīn, Canadian and British also ˈze-\ adjective or noun

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Origin and Etymology of 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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ZEBRA Defined for English Language Learners

zebra

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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

zebra

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noun ze·bra \ˈzē-brə\

Definition of zebra for Students

  1. :  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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