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

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The New Branufels Police Department said the pair of zebras had been sold to a property owner in the area that day. Lauren M. Johnson, CNN, "An escaped zebra dies after galloping around a Texas town," 8 Aug. 2019 It's been a tale of two escaped zebras in the southern Texas city of New Braunfels, with one recaptured but another still on the loose as of early Thursday, reports CBS Austin affiliate KEYE-TV. CBS News, "One escaped zebra caught but another still elusive outside San Antonio," 8 Aug. 2019 Some animals—like elands and zebras (above)—hang out together through all seasons, and even more in the rainy months. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "Animal friendships change with the weather in African savanna," 6 Aug. 2019 Simba and Nala perched atop an ostrich that crowned a tower composed partly of zebras, giraffes, and hippos as the prince belted his anthem. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Uncanny Fun of the Live-Action Lion King," 11 July 2019 There were other spectacular animal sightings: a herd of elephants, a dazzle of zebras, a crash of rhinos, a tower of giraffes, a raft of hippos, a cackle of hyenas, and more. Pamela Wright, BostonGlobe.com, "Check-In: andBeyond Phinda Homestead reopens in South Africa," 9 July 2019 There are just 35,000 mountain zebras left in the wild, Vukovich said. USA TODAY, "Kacey Musgraves, sneaker flap, skiing in July: News from around our 50 states," 3 July 2019 Dine with giraffes, zebras, and more Wanyama Safari and Dinner at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge runs from late afternoon into evening, beginning with pre-safari reception inside Jiko’s wine room. Suzanne Rowan Kelleher, Condé Nast Traveler, "Disney World Wants Its Food to Be Just As Memorable As Its Rides," 6 June 2019 Friends of the piggy protagonist include rabbits, sheep, zebras, and most recently, a little mouse named Mandy. Molly Kay, Teen Vogue, ""Peppa Pig" Introducing Mandy Mouse Is a Major Moment for Disability Representation," 30 May 2019

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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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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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