Definition of carabao in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˌkarəˈbou/ Pronunciation: /ˌkär-/

noun (plural same or carabaos)

Another term for water buffalo.
Example sentences
  • The scene I caught was a tribal celebration at night with the tribesmen dancing and then butchering water buffaloes (called carabaos in the Philippines).
  • It may be topped with cheese made from the milk of the carabao (the local water-buffalo), slices of salted duck eggs, butter.
  • The next wave came from Malaysia and is credited with developing agriculture and introducing carabao (water buffalo) as draft animals.


Early 20th century: from Spanish, from a local word in the Philippines.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: ca·ra·ba·o

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.