zebu

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n zebu domesticated ox having a humped back and long horns and a large dewlap; used chiefly as a draft animal in India and east Asia
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Zebu (Zoöl) A bovine mammal (Ros Indicus) extensively domesticated in India, China, the East Indies, and East Africa. It usually has short horns, large pendulous ears, slender legs, a large dewlap, and a large, prominent hump over the shoulders; but these characters vary in different domestic breeds, which range in size from that of the common ox to that of a large mastiff.☞ Some of the varieties are used as beasts of burden, and some fore for riding, while others are raised for their milk and flesh. The Brahmin bull, regarded as sacred by the Hindoos, also belongs to this species. The male is called also Indian bull Indian ox Madras ox, and sacred bull.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n zebu The Indian bull, ox, or cow; any individual or breed of Bos indicus, having a hump on the withers. The zebu has been domesticated from time immemorial, and is now known only in its artificial breeds. These are numerous, and very various in size, shape, and color, the processes of artificial selection having modified the original stock in almost every particular. The characteristic hump is sometimes double. The flesh is considered a delicacy. The size of different breeds of zebus varies much. Some are as large as ordinary cattle, others no larger than a common calf a month or two old. The color is usually light gray, varying to pure white. The bulls of the latter color are consecrated to Siva, and become Brahminy bulls, exempt from labor or molestation. Zebus are bred particularly in India, but also in China, Japan, and some parts of Africa. They are used as beasts of burden and of draft, and as riding-animals, as well as for beef. The stock from which they have descended is by some naturalists supposed to represent only a variety of Bos taurus, the original of the ordinary domestic ox. See cut in preceding column.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Zebu zē′bū the humped domestic ox of India (or Brahminy bull), a kind of ox very nearly allied to the common ox, diffused over India, China, the east coast of Africa, &c.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
. zébu,; of uncertain origin
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. zébu, the whimsical name taken by Buffon from the exhibitors of such a beast at a French fair as if African.

Usage

In literature:

Eight champans were prepared, of which six reached their destination, besides one despatched from Zebu.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898: Volume XVIII, 1617-1620" by Various
By special orders they anchored in the port of Zebu.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898, Volume XXI, 1624" by Various
The zebu, or sacred bull of India, shows his mathematical qualities to a pronounced degree.
"The Human Side of Animals" by Royal Dixon
The most conspicuous among them are the Zebu, the Buffalo, the Bison, and the bulls of various parts of the Old World.
"Anecdotes of the Habits and Instinct of Animals" by R. Lee
But the zebu would keep on.
"Danger! and Other Stories" by Arthur Conan Doyle
Most of the stock I saw in Southern Goyaz was intermixed with zebu.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
This island belongs to the jurisdiction of the city of Zebu, and its mission is in charge of the Society.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 (Vol 28 of 55)" by Various
The false hoofs are much larger than those of the Zebu.
"Delineations of the Ox Tribe" by George Vasey
The bull zebu is said to have a larger hump than the cow.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin
It is located between the two islands of Zebu and Panay, and in it is established a Christian and civilized government.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 - Volume 40 of 55" by Francisco Colin
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In news:

The petting zoo will include goats, a mini donkey, rabbits, mini horse, sheep, chickens and a zebu.
Kevin Coughlin The South Street restaurant that formerly housed Zebu Forno could become a Mexican restaurant called Gran Cantina, if owner James Cavanaugh's liquor license expansion application is approved.
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In science:

All the data included in this paper can also be found in ASCII format at zebu.uoregon.edu/∼js.
Gas Rich Dwarfs from the PSS-II III. HI Profiles and Dynamical Masses
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