zebra

noun
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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Other Words from zebra

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

Examples of zebra in a Sentence

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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 The room exploded into even greater cheers when Aquaria strolled in to make a victory speech while wearing her new crown and a dazzling yellow zebra print gown. Yohana Desta, HWD, "RuPaul’s Drag Race Winner Aquaria Knows Exactly How to Address Racism in the Show’s Fandom," 29 June 2018 One longstanding theory posits that the stripes are actually conducive to keeping zebras cool. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Settling a Heated Debate—Do Zebra Stripes Keep These Animals Cool?," 10 July 2018 In the wings of their advance are zebra, which also move with the new shoots of grass. Sophy Roberts, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Ultimate Safari: Seeing the Great Migration in Kenya and Tanzania," 25 Apr. 2018 Mussels, zebra and quagga mussels, to be exact, have invaded the Lakes - and the wrecks themselves. CBS News, "Divers race to find Great Lakes shipwrecks threatened by invasive species," 10 July 2018 But less welcome critters soon followed: sea lampreys, alewives, spiny water fleas, and the poster bivalves for ecological trouble, zebra and quagga mussels. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee loves its rivers and Lake Michigan — and keeps abusing them, too," 3 July 2018 So another effort at South Africa's Welgevonden Game Reserve has tried a different sort of IoT approach, tracking the behavior of other herd animals (such as zebras, impalas and gazelles). Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "We know you hate the Internet of Things, but it’s saving megafauna from poachers," 6 June 2018 The current wildlife park is home to hundreds of native and exotic species, from Elvis the alligator to Stripes the zebra. Vincent Crampton, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Explore Florida's Hernando County: This roadside attraction is alive and kicking," 6 May 2018

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First Known Use of zebra

1600, 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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zebra

noun

English Language Learners Definition of zebra

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

zebra

noun
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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