- an ox, Bibos frontalis, of southeastern Asia and the Malay Archipelago, sometimes considered to be a domesticated breed of the gaur.
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
The natives call him the As'l Gayal, in contra-distinction to the Gabay.
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 Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia
Frank Evers Beddard
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.
- an ox of India and Myanmar, Bibos frontalis, possibly a semidomesticated variety of gaur, black or brown with white stockings
C19: from Bengali gayāl, from Sanskrit gāŭra; compare gaur