- 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 zebra butterfly. 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.
- zebra crossing.
Origin of zebra
Examples from the Web for zebra
Contemporary Examples of zebra
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
August 10, 2012
With those legs and that zebra microdress, Michaele might be able to cobble together a second act.Michaele Salahi, Movin’ On Up
September 16, 2011
When the Beltway Republican establishment does not defend her, Bannon uses video of a zebra being eaten by hungry lions.Sarah Palin's Movie Makeover in The Undefeated
June 5, 2011
I particularly liked his zebra skin rug, and the pool table laden with finger food to soak up all the alcohol.Stalking the Literary Lion
March 20, 2011
Historical Examples of zebra
This creature looks as large as an elephant and as wild as a zebra.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
The first attempt was made upon the zebra, and was successful.Freeland
A wild ass or zebra would be too tame for you, wouldn't he, eh sir?Barnaby Rudge
"Say rather an ass, shaved and painted to resemble a zebra," muttered John.Homeward Bound
James Fenimore Cooper
This is the zebra, the wild horse of the great plains of Southern Africa.
- 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
Word Origin for zebra
- a noninterest-paying bond in which the accrued income is taxed annually rather than on redemptionCompare zero (def. 12)