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  1. a small forest buffalo, Bubalus (Anoa) depressicornis, of the island of Celebes, having a brown coat and straight, sharp-tipped horns: an endangered species.
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Origin of anoa

1840–50; < Indonesian Malay < Makassarese anuang
Also called dwarf buffalo.
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Examples from the Web for anoa

Historical Examples

  • Celebes has a curious dwarf ox, the "anoa," which is hardly bigger than a goat.

    Zoology: The Science of Animal Life

    Ernest Ingersoll

  • The Anoa seems also to point towards the same region, so rich in varied forms of Antelopes.

British Dictionary definitions for anoa


  1. the smallest of the cattle tribe Anoa depressicornis, having small straight horns and inhabiting the island of Celebes in IndonesiaCompare tamarau
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Word Origin

from a native name in Celebes
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