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noun, plural ga·yals, (especially collectively) ga·yal.
  1. an ox, Bibos frontalis, of southeastern Asia and the Malay Archipelago, sometimes considered to be a domesticated breed of the gaur.
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Origin of gayal

First recorded in 1780–90, gayal is from the Bengali word gayāl
Also called mithan.
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Examples from the Web for gayal

Historical Examples of gayal

  • The natives call him the As'l Gayal, in contra-distinction to the Gabay.

    Delineations of the Ox Tribe

    George Vasey

  • In Asia it should include the great Indian rhinoceros and its allied species, the burrhel, the Nilgiri tahr and the gayal.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life

    William T. Hornaday

  • The female offspring of a male Zebu and a female Gayal was mated with a male Bison.

  • The Gayal affords the richest milk, and prefers feeding on trees.

  • The animal here alluded to is another species of Gayal found wild in the hills of Chatgaon.

British Dictionary definitions for gayal


noun plural gayal or gayals
  1. an ox of India and Myanmar, Bibos frontalis, possibly a semidomesticated variety of gaur, black or brown with white stockings
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Word Origin for gayal

C19: from Bengali gayāl, from Sanskrit gāŭra; compare gaur
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