[ zee-byoo, -boo ]
/ ˈzi byu, -bu /


one of a domesticated form of cattle, Bos taurus indicus, of India, having a large hump over the shoulders and a large dewlap.

Origin of zebu

First recorded in 1765–75, zebu is from the French word zébu, of obscure origin
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British Dictionary definitions for zebu

/ (ˈziːbuː) /


a domesticated ox, Bos indicus, having a humped back, long horns, and a large dewlap: used in India and E Asia as a draught animal

Word Origin for zebu

C18: from French zébu, perhaps of Tibetan origin
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