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Webster 1913 Edition


Zebra

Ze′bra

,
Noun.
[Pg.
zebra
; cf. Sp.
cebra
; probably from a native African name.]
(Zool.)
Any member of three species of African wild horses remarkable for having the body white or yellowish white, and conspicuously marked with dark brown or brackish bands.
Zebra caterpillar
,
the larva of an American noctuid moth (
Mamestra picta
). It is light yellow, with a broad black stripe on the back and one on each side; the lateral stripes are crossed with withe lines. It feeds on cabbages, beets, clover, and other cultivated plants.
Zebra opossum
,
the zebra wolf. See under
Wolf
.
Zebra parrakeet
,
an Australian grass parrakeet, often kept as a cage bird. Its upper parts are mostly pale greenish yellow, transversely barred with brownish black crescents; the under parts, rump, and upper tail coverts, are bright green; two central tail feathers and the cheek patches are blue. Called also
canary parrot
,
scallop parrot
,
shell parrot
, and
undulated parrot
.
Zebra poison
(Bot.)
,
a poisonous tree (
Euphorbia arborea
) of the Spurge family, found in South Africa. Its milky juice is so poisonous that zebras have been killed by drinking water in which its branches had been placed, and it is also used as an arrow poison.
J. Smith (Dict. Econ. Plants).
Zebra shark
.
Same as
Tiger shark
, under
Tiger
.
Zebra spider
,
a hunting spider.
Zebra swallowtail
,
a very large North American swallow-tailed butterfly (
Iphiclides ajax
), in which the wings are yellow, barred with black; – called also
ajax
.
Zebra wolf
.
See under
Wolf
.

Webster 1828 Edition


Zebra

ZEBRA

,
Noun.
An animal of the genus Equus, beautifully marked with stripes; a native of Africa.

Definition 2021


Zebra

Zebra

See also: zebra, zébra, zebrā, zebră, and żebra

Translingual

Proper noun

Zebra f

  1. (obsolete) A taxonomic genus within the family Equidae – now treated as a synonym of Equus.

German

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈtseːbʀa/

Noun

Zebra n (genitive Zebras, plural Zebras)

  1. zebra

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Luxembourgish

Noun

Zebra m (plural Zebraen)

  1. zebra

zebra

zebra

See also: Zebra, zébra, zebră, zebrā, and żebra

English

A zebra (species of Equus)

Noun

zebra (plural zebras)

  1. Any of three species of genus Equus: E. grevyi, E. quagga, or E. zebra, all with black and white stripes and native to Africa.
  2. (sports, slang) A referee.
  3. (medicine, slang) An unlikely diagnosis, especially for symptoms probably caused by a common ailment. (Originates in the advice often given to medical students: "When you hear hoof beats, think of horses, not zebras.")
  4. (vulgar, pejorative, slang) A bi-racial person, specifically one born to a member of the Sub-Saharan African race and a Caucasian.

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References

  1. Wells, John (1997), “Our changing pronunciation”, in Transactions of the Yorkshire Dialect Society, retrieved 6 February 2014, pages xix.42-48

Basque

Noun

zebra

  1. zebra

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