zebra

noun
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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Other Words from zebra

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

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In his current home’s bathroom and dining room, for example, Ronson incorporated yellow zebra print wallpaper. Madison Roberts, PEOPLE.com, "See Inside Mark Ronson's Funky L.A. Home — Including a Bedroom Covered in Blue Velvet!," 1 July 2019 In February, the twins headed to a private game reserve in South Africa with their mother and got close-up views of lions, zebras, giraffes, hippos, rhinos and more. Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, "Prince Albert Takes His Twins Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques to Meet SpongeBob," 17 June 2019 Today, Cape eland, warthogs, impala, giraffes, and zebras can be seen grazing in nearly every direction. Benedict Moran, National Geographic, "Rwanda's war nearly destroyed this park. Now it's coming back.," 7 May 2019 Animal Print Courtesy of Zimmermann This season's animal print selections run the gamut, from your classic leopard to variations on zebra and tiger stripes—even python! Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "The Swimwear Trends of 2019 to Try This Summer, From Animal Prints to Metallics," 9 Apr. 2019 Their final list encompassed 253 populations of 36 species of herbivorous mammals — including elephants, giraffes, zebras, hippos and wildebeests — in 126 protected areas throughout Africa. Rachel Nuwer, New York Times, "War’s Other Victims: Animals," 12 Jan. 2018 In other words, there’s no longer any need to choose between leopard or zebra or cow to get the graphic look of the moment. Vogue, "the Animal Prints," 16 Mar. 2019 Herds of zebra and impala and kudu, springbok and steenbok and oryx graze on carpets of desert grasses. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "Going Off-Grid in Namibia," 21 Dec. 2018 From the skin-tight zebra print separates to the floaty maxi-dresses, seeing the collection on the runway dance floor gave us a whole new appreciation for the energizing color palette and refreshingly-wearable silhouettes. Lauren Valenti, Marie Claire, "The 8 Coolest Things That Happened at the Kenzo x H&M Show," 20 Oct. 2016

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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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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 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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