any of several horselike African mammals of the genus Equus, each species having a characteristic pattern of black or dark-brown stripes on a whitish background: all zebra species are threatened or endangered.
Also called ze·bra but·ter·fly. a tropical butterfly, Heliconius charithonius, having black wings barred with yellow.
(initial capital letter) a word formerly used in communications to represent the letter Z.
Football Slang. an official, who usually wears a black and white striped shirt.
British. zebra crossing.
- ze·bra·like, ze·bra·ic [zi-brey-ik], /zɪˈbreɪ ɪk/, adjective
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How to use zebra in a sentence
Local news has reported that the zebras were let loose on Saturday or Sunday of last weekend, a period of time during which I was enjoying quiet time at home with family.D.C. Congresswoman Swears She Didn’t Let a Pack of Zebras Loose | Corbin Bolies | September 10, 2021 | The Daily Beast
Taylor said it could take as long as a week for the zebras to be caught.
They’re like zebras on high alert for predators, sniffing for danger in the wind before tentatively lowering their heads to take a sip.The Intersection Is a City’s Watering Hole, and It’s Teeming with Life and Danger | wtaylor | August 20, 2021 | Outside Online
That’s half the speed of a galloping zebra or antelope or leopard or lion.What Made Early Humans Smart - Issue 102: Hidden Truths | Kevin Berger | June 30, 2021 | Nautilus
It wasn’t Diana Ross, who I loved, who was an early influence on me, but my mom, she’s the first woman I saw with dolman sleeves and a zebra print.
Animal prints abounded: snakeskin booties, leopard-print hot pants, zebra-printed flamingo skirts.
Glo-Fish, the neon fluorescent zebra fish, were the first genetically altered organisms to be sold as pets.Nine Things You Should Know About Genetically Modified Organisms | Melissa Leon | March 10, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
They are pointy, zebra-striped Nike Cole Haans with silver buckles strapped onto her two shiny titanium carbon fiber legs.
Blanco also says that, like zebra Katz, Le1f is about to experience a crossover.Too Gay for Hip-Hop? Le1f Takes On Traditionally Homophobic Genre | Melissa Leon | August 10, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
In a really, really short zebra-striped dress and five-inch do-me pumps.
In an occasional horse the long-lost stripes of the zebra-like ancestor reappear.Man And His Ancestor | Charles Morris
No fence will keep out a herd of zebra, and in one rush a field of grain is ruined by these giant herds.In Africa | John T. McCutcheon
That regular variety of the climate of the zebra has never been exhibited by either of them.Buffon's Natural History. Volume VIII (of 10) | Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon
That night two of us heard the first bark of the zebra, and we thought it must be the bark of distant dogs.In Africa | John T. McCutcheon
If the horse is the source, or principal trunk, the zebra and the ass will be collateral branches.Buffon's Natural History. Volume IX (of 10) | Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon
British Dictionary definitions for zebra (1 of 2)
any of several mammals of the horse family (Equidae), such as Equus burchelli (the common zebra), of southern and eastern Africa, having distinctive black-and-white striped hides
- zebra-like or zebraic (zɪˈbreɪɪk), adjective
- zebrine (ˈziːbraɪn, ˈzɛb-) or zebroid, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for Zebra (2 of 2)
a noninterest-paying bond in which the accrued income is taxed annually rather than on redemption: Compare zero (def. 12)
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