- a buffalo, Bubalus bubalis, of the Old World tropics, having large, flattened, curved horns: wild populations are near extinction.
Origin of water buffalo
First recorded in 1885–90
Also called water ox.
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Examples from the Web for water buffalo
The Kĕlantan man is, to the native of Pahang, what the water-buffalo is to a short-horn.In Court and Kampong
The domestic animals include the camel and the water-buffalo.Myths and Legends of China
E. T. C. Werner
A heron which was standing on the back of a water-buffalo near by saw the affair.Filipino Popular Tales
Dean S. Fansler
The most common beast of burden, however, is the carabao, or water-buffalo.Wealth of the World's Waste Places and Oceania
Jewett Castello Gilson
Cattle breeding in China was then reduced to the minimum of one cow or water-buffalo per farm for ploughing.A history of China., [3d ed. rev. and enl.]
- a member of the cattle tribe, Bubalus bubalis, of swampy regions of S Asia, having widely spreading back-curving horns. Domesticated forms are used as draught animalsAlso called: Asiatic buffalo, Indian buffalo, carabao
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