zebu

noun
ze·bu | \ ˈzē-(ˌ)bü , -(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

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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

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First Known Use of zebu

1774, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for zebu

French zébu

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zebu

noun
ze·bu | \ ˈzē-byü \

Kids Definition of zebu

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

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