zebu

noun
ze·​bu | \ ˈzē-(ˌ)bü How to pronounce zebu (audio) , -(ˌ)byü \

Definition of zebu

: any of various breeds of domestic oxen developed in India that are often considered conspecific with the common ox (Bos taurus) or sometimes as a separate species (B. indicus) and are characterized by a large fleshy hump over the shoulders, a dewlap, pendulous ears, and marked resistance to the injurious effects of heat and insect attack

Illustration of zebu

Illustration of zebu

Examples of zebu in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There is a boy driving a herd of zebu up the side path from their morning bath in the sea. Andrea Lee, The New Yorker, "The Rivals," 28 Dec. 2020 Sweet, sweet Humphrey the miniature zebu stands just over two feet tall. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "Pinky pull ups, mayo eating and other weird feats in the new Guinness World Records book," 8 Sep. 2019 The book’s acknowledgments make reference to a zebu (cow) skeleton in their living room. Julie Zickefoose, WSJ, "‘Unnatural Selection’ Review: A Better Bird, Bit by Bit," 22 Nov. 2018 Make the most out of summer’s last hoorah with Byredo’s zebu horn comb, perfect for detangling salty lengths. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "10 Labor Day Weekend Beauty Gifts That Capitalize on Chic," 28 Aug. 2018 Thousands of villagers converge here to trade goods and to buy and sell zebu. Tom Downey, WSJ, "Exploring Madagascar Is Now Easier Than Ever," 18 July 2018 His successor will need to pull Embrapa into the 21st century, perhaps with the help of a few head of zebu. The Economist, "Tough times for Embrapa, a jewel of Brazilian innovation," 28 June 2018 Goats are precious, but not as sacred as hump-back zebu cattle. Peter Ford, The Christian Science Monitor, "Madagascar skirted famine – barely. Now, it's boosting resilience before drought returns.," 25 July 2017 Come to the Old Town Hall to pet and feed friendly rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens, goats, sheep and a miniature zebu. Courant Community, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 17 July 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'zebu.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of zebu

1771, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for zebu

French zébu

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about zebu

Statistics for zebu

Cite this Entry

“Zebu.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zebu. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for zebu

zebu

noun
ze·​bu | \ ˈzē-byü How to pronounce zebu (audio) \

Kids Definition of zebu

: an Asian domestic ox that has a large hump over the shoulders and loose skin with hanging folds

Comments on zebu

What made you want to look up zebu? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Star Wars Words Quiz

  • cu jedi training
  • The bounty portion of bounty hunters (such as Boba Fett) comes from a Latin word meaning
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!