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zebu

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Pronunciation: /ˈziːbuː
 
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Definition of zebu in English:

noun

Another term for Brahmin (sense 3).
Example sentences
  • A zebu hybrid cow was found dead, and strange incisions were found on its body.
  • Most modern African herds represent mixtures of two breeds: Africa's native cattle, called taurines, and a slightly larger Asian breed, known as zebu, which was domesticated before it arrived in Africa.
  • On the bovine family tree, zebu are ten times further removed from the three members of the B. taurus group than those three are from one another.

Origin

late 18th century: from French zébu, of unknown origin.

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