• WordNet 3.6
    • n zebra any of several fleet black-and-white striped African equines
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are no two zebras who have stripes that are exactly the same
    • n Zebra (Zoöl) Any member of three species of African wild horses remarkable for having the body white or yellowish white, and conspicuously marked with dark brown or brackish bands.☞ The true or mountain zebra (Equus zebra syn. Asinus zebra) is nearly white, and the bands which cover the body and legs are glossy black. Its tail has a tuft of black hair at the tip. It inhabits the mountains of Central and Southern Africa, and is noted for its wariness and wildness, as well as for its swiftness. The second species (Equus Burchellii syn. Asinus Burchellii or Equus quagga), known as Burchell's zebra plains zebra, and dauw, is the most abundant, inhabiting the grassy plains of tropical and southern Africa, and differing from the preceding in not having dark bands on the legs, while those on the body are more irregular. It has a long tail, covered with long white flowing hair. Grevy's zebra (Equus grevyi) is distinct from the others in being placed in the subgenus Dolichohippus, whereas the plains and mountain zebras are placed in the subgenus Hippotigris. More on zebras can be found at: http://www.imh.org/imh/bw/zebra.html
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The zebra is basically a light-colored animal with black stripes.
    • n zebra A name used by fish-culturists in England for hybrids between Salmo fario, the European trout, and Salmo fontinalis, the American brook-trout.
    • n zebra An American heliconiid butterfly, Apostraphia charithonia, with black, yellow-banded wings. It occurs in Central America, the West Indies, and the southern United States. Its larvæ feed on the passion-flower vine.
    • n zebra An African solidungulate mammal, related to the horse and ass, of the genus Equus and subgenus Hippotigris, having the body more or less completely striped. There are at least 3 well-marked species. One of these is the quagga. The second is the bonte-quagga, or Burchell's zebra. (See cut under dauw.) The third is the true zebra, E. (H.) zebra, of southern Africa, of a whitish color, very fully and regularly striped with black: it is specifically called the mountain zebra. This zebra stands about 4½ feet high at the shoulder; the head is light, the ears are moderately large, the limbs slender; the mane is short, and the tail tufted. The general form is light and symmetrical, like that of most wild asses, and seems to indicate speed rather than bottom. The zebra is one of the most beautiful of animals, as it is also one of the wildest and least tractable. It has often been kept in confinement, and occasionally tamed, but generally retains its indomitable temper. It inhabits in herds the hilly and mountainous countries of South Africa, seeking the most secluded places; so that from the nature of its haunts, as well as its watchfulness, swiftness, and the acuteness of its senses, it is difficult to capture. It is, however, much hunted, and seems destined to extermination.
    • zebra Resembling the stripes of a zebra; having stripes running along the sides: as, the zebra markings on certain spiders.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Zebras are members of the Equus genus.
    • n Zebra zē′bra a generic name given to the group of striped Equidæ—all of which are peculiar to the African continent—and thus including the Dauw or Burchell's Zebra, the Quagga, and the true or Mountain Zebra
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pg. zebra,; cf. Sp. cebra,; probably from a native African name
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Of African origin.


In literature:

Once a zebra got its leg broke in swinging one of the big poles in place.
"David Lannarck, Midget" by George S. Harney
Elephants, camels, donkeys, mules, bulls, goats, zebras, tortoises, ostriches, bisons, and pigs.
"The Magic City" by Edith Nesbit
The lighthouse is striped with black and white bars, like a zebra, and we entered it.
"Acadia" by Frederic S. Cozzens
I suspect that it would puzzle even a zebra to kick him off.
"In the Wilds of Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
This is very much like the zebra in size, shape, and in fact everything except colour.
"Quadrupeds, What They Are and Where Found" by Mayne Reid
See the elephants and lions and giraffes and zebras on that poster.
"At the Little Brown House" by Ruth Alberta Brown
Always after, the colts of those mares bore the marks of the zebra on their skins.
"The Physical Life of Woman:" by Dr. George H Napheys
Will you not direct your men to dismount and rest their zebras?
"Through Veld and Forest" by Harry Collingwood
And on the woody height Trooped zebras, velvet-brown.
"Lilith" by Ada Langworthy Collier
Mark the zebra stripes round his legs, Miss; and the black stripe on his backbone.
"Two on the Trail" by Hulbert Footner

In poetry:

Z was a Zebra striped
And streaked with lines of black;
Papa said once, he thought he'd like
A ride upon his back.
"Nonsense Alphabet" by Edward Lear
Z is the Zebra, of course!--
A kind of a clown-of-a-horse,--
Each other despising,
Yet neither devising
A way to obtain a divorce!
"Billy's Alphabetical Animal Show" by James Whitcomb Riley
He wondered at the zebras wild,
Nor knew 'em painted donkeys;
An' when he gave the boys a dime
For cakes to feed the monkeys,
He never thought, in any shape,
He had descended from an ape!
"The Deacon And His Daughter" by Isabella Valancy Crawford

In news:

Mark Portmann No Truer Words Zebra.
Zebra mussels found in Wyandotte County Lake.
Kansas wildlife officials have found invasive zebra mussels in Wyandotte County Lake.
State wildlife officials have found invasive zebra mussels in an eastern Kansas lake.
State wildlife officials have found invasive zebra mussels in Wyandotte County Lake.
Man Cited for Zebra Mussel Shopping Cart.
Zebra mussel killer tested in Minnesota.
What adventurous equestrian wouldn't want to take a casual afternoon gallop alongside scores of zebras and giraffes.
Zebras return to Disney's Animal Kingdom .
The Lincoln Jr Zebras home opener was a day of hardnosed football against non-conference rival the Antelope Jr Titans Saturday at Edward Alexander Grey Sports Complex.
Marwell Wildlife is using predictive analytics software to help save endangered zebras in Africa.
3 Before we can spray, we need to sand down the zebra stripes.
Douglas Wolk Zebras, skulls, Madonna, and more.
We're seeing zebra prints on everything, in every color.
Bluetooth enabled, Zebra's RW 420 e-citation mobile printer 's modular design allows users to choose among wireless options, card readers, and integral accessories such as a vehicle mount for simplified route printing from the road.

In science:

It helps us understand, for example, how the petals on a rose or the stripes on a zebra can arise from a tissue of living cells growing together.
Complex Systems
Second, the choice of an upstream stationary field is always arbitrary: we may separate the channel into two blue and red halves, but we might also choose instead a zebra-like pattern of arbitrary wavelength.
Measures of mixing quality in open flows with chaotic advection
It is likely that any measure of mixing performed on such experiments will depend on some characteristics of the upstream pattern, for instance the typical lengthscale of homogeneity: a thin “premixed” zebra pattern will result in a more homogeneous downstream field than two parallel streams.
Measures of mixing quality in open flows with chaotic advection
The ZEBRA code enables us to correct for systematics in the photometry by modifying the input templates to better represent the observed SEDs of the 2651 sources with spectroscopic redshifts. A maximum likelihood technique is then used to identify the most probable redshift.
The Extended Chandra Deep Field-South Survey: Optical spectroscopy of faint X-ray sources with the VLT and Keck
The first FASR prototype observation of the zebra pattern radio burst (Chen et al., 2011) is a very promising result.
The multifrequency Siberian Radioheliograph