ze·​bra | \ ˈzē-brə , 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 , Canadian and British also  ˈze-​ \ adjective or noun

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Up until then my most expensive purchase had been a pair of zebra Isabel Marant boots. Tara Gonzalez, Glamour, "This Prairie Dress Got Me 40 Compliments in 4 Hours—and It’s on Sale for Under $50," 24 Sep. 2018 Contrasting flashes came from a pillow and throw in matching zebra and a box of red butterflies, from the taxidermist Deyrolle on nearby Rue de Bac, that had been set into the wall. William Middleton, Town & Country, "How the De Menil Family Raised Good Taste to an Art Form," 7 Mar. 2018 Its signature attraction, Kilimanjaro Safaris, still takes visitors in open-air vehicles through the sprawling Harambe Wildlife Reserve for daytime viewings of animals such as hyenas, lions, zebras, giraffes, and crocodiles. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Disney's Animal Kingdom celebrates 20 years," 15 Apr. 2018 At Suzie and Fred's there are always animals walking by—elephants, zebras... Douglas Brenner, House Beautiful, "Suzanne Kasler on Decorating a Home in Kenya," 1 Aug. 2012 The oldest and youngest were twin zebras; Dorothy and the Tin Man; a ladybug and a bumblebee. Elisabeth Egan, Glamour, "I Always Take My Kids Trick-or-Treating. This Year I Was Fired.," 29 Oct. 2018 The closest relatives to the Macrauchenia are the order order Perissodactyla, which includes zebras, rhinos, and tapirs. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "It Will Take Millions of Years for Evolution to Replace What We Might Lose in the Next 50," 16 Oct. 2018 Think buffalo check chairs, zebra print rugs, and vintage French prints. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "You've Got To See This Champagne-Inspired Ski Lounge," 11 Oct. 2018 The young female zebras that can now be seen by visitors at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park. Dewayne Bevil, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Disney: Youngest zebras now 'on stage' at Animal Kingdom," 13 June 2018

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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 \

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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