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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Umpires/officials/zebras, after all, are employees. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Robo umps aren’t the answer for incompetence in umpiring," 17 Aug. 2019 The area, once full of giraffes, zebras, and rhinos, is now divided into cattle ranches sometimes reaching 40,000 hectares—about 10,000 U.S. football fields—in size. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "The best way to help cows and zebras? Make them live together," 13 Aug. 2019 Not only do herbivores like zebra and antelope that feed on grass have less to eat, but more trees may also increase their risk of being eaten as predators have more cover. Caroline Lehmann, Quartz Africa, "When tree planting actually damages ecosystems," 28 July 2019 Previously, the Zoo only composted the waste and bedding from non-primate herbivores — plant-eating animals such as rhinos, giraffes, gazelles, hippos and zebras. Nicole Brodeur, The Seattle Times, "With a new, modern compost facility, Woodland Park’s ‘Zoo Doo’ becomes serious … stuff," 16 Aug. 2019 The solitary big cats haul large kills, such as zebra or antelope, into a tree to eat alone, in peace. Liz Langley, National Geographic, "What are Africa’s Big Five? Meet the continent’s most iconic wildlife," 26 July 2019 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

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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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