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[zee-byoo, -boo]
  1. one of a domesticated form of cattle, Bos taurus indicus, of India, having a large hump over the shoulders and a large dewlap.
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Origin of zebu

First recorded in 1765–75, zebu is from the French word zébu, of obscure origin
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Historical Examples of zebu

  • Well, dear, the crocodile has great teeth and would eat the zebu.

    Danger! and Other Stories

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • How long do you think it would take the zebu to beat the crocodile?

    Danger! and Other Stories

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • One of these it Zebu, which is10 fifty leguas in circumference.

  • The cocoa of Zebu is reported to be equal in excellence to that of the Caracas.

  • Bullocks (Beri or Ferita) are similar to the Zebu, but the hump is smaller.

    The Highlands of Ethiopia

    William Cornwallis Harris

British Dictionary definitions for zebu


  1. 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
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Word Origin for zebu

C18: from French zébu, perhaps of Tibetan origin
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Word Origin and History for zebu


Asiatic ox, 1774, from French zebu, ultimately of Tibetan origin. First shown in Europe at the Paris fair of 1752.

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