[ zee-bruh; British also zeb-ruh ]
/ 藞zi br蓹; British also 藞z蓻b r蓹 /
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noun, plural ze路bras, (especially collectively) ze路bra.
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路bra but路ter路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.
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Origin of zebra

1590鈥1600; 1975鈥80 for def. 4; <Portuguese zebra, zebro the Iberian wild ass (Spanish cebra), perhaps <Latin equiferus (Pliny) kind of wild horse, equivalent to equi- (combining form of equus horse) + ferus wild


ze路bra路like, ze路bra路ic [zi-brey-ik], /z瑟藞bre瑟 瑟k/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for zebra (1 of 2)

/ (藞zi藧br蓹, 藞z蓻br蓹) /

noun plural -ras or -ra
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

Derived forms of zebra

zebra-like or zebraic (z瑟藞bre瑟瑟k), adjectivezebrine (藞zi藧bra瑟n, 藞z蓻b-) or zebroid, adjective

Word Origin for zebra

C16: via Italian from Old Spanish: wild ass, probably from Vulgar Latin eciferus (unattested) wild horse, from Latin equiferus, from equus horse + ferus wild

British Dictionary definitions for zebra (2 of 2)

/ (藞zi藧br蓹, 藞z蓻br蓹) /

noun finance
a noninterest-paying bond in which the accrued income is taxed annually rather than on redemptionCompare zero (def. 12)

Word Origin for Zebra

C20: from zero-coupon bond
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