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kouprey

[ koo-prey ]
/ ˈku preɪ /
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noun, plural kou·preys, (especially collectively) kou·prey.
a wild ox, Bos sauveli, weighing as much as 2,000 pounds (907 kilograms), with long legs, a humped back, and distinctive horns that arch forward on the male and spiral upward on the female: once known to inhabit the forests of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam, the kouprey may have survived only in Cambodia and is now classified as possibly extinct.
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Also called gray ox.

Origin of kouprey

First recorded in 1935–40; from French, from spoken Khmer ko:prey (written gō brai ), from Pali “cow” + Khmer brai “forest”
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British Dictionary definitions for kouprey

kouprey
/ (ˈkuːpreɪ) /

noun
a large wild member of the cattle tribe, Box sauveli, of SE Asia, having a blackish-brown body and white legs: an endangered species

Word Origin for kouprey

C20: from French, from a Cambodian native name, from Pali cow + Khmer brai forest
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