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(zē′bo͞o, -byo͞o)
A domesticated ox (Bos indicus syn. B. taurus subsp. indicus) native to Asia and Africa, having a prominent hump on the back and a large dewlap.

[French zébu, general name for the animal introduced by Georges-Louis Leclerc de Buffon, from the name under which a zebu was displayed at the Paris fair in 1752, possibly from colloquial Tibetan dzo-po, male offspring of a cow and a yak bull (from from Classical Tibetan mdzo-po : mdzo, cow and yak bull hybrid + -po, suffix for males) or a kindred Tibeto-Burman source, or perhaps from Tibetan ze-ba, the hump of a zebu, camel, or similar animal.]


(Animals) 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
[C18: from French zébu, perhaps of Tibetan origin]


(ˈzi byu, -bu)

n., pl. -bus.
one of a domesticated variety of cattle, Bos taurus indicus, of India, having a large hump over the shoulders and a large dewlap.
[1765–75; < French zébu, of obscure orig.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.zebu - domesticated ox having a humped back and long horns and a large dewlapzebu - domesticated ox having a humped back and long horns and a large dewlap; used chiefly as a draft animal in India and east Asia
Bos, genus Bos - wild and domestic cattle; in some classifications placed in the subfamily Bovinae or tribe Bovini
Bos indicus, Brahma, Brahman, Brahmin - any of several breeds of Indian cattle; especially a large American heat and tick resistant greyish humped breed evolved in the Gulf States by interbreeding Indian cattle and now used chiefly for crossbreeding


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The greater part of the travellers were aware of this interruption, and, leaving the train, they began to engage such vehicles as the village could provide four-wheeled palkigharis, waggons drawn by zebus, carriages that looked like perambulating pagodas, palanquins, ponies, and what not.
No one knows for sure how these Zebus became so small, but it may be due to the fact that they were stranded on an archipelago (a group of islands) off the coast of India--where environment and inbreeding may have been factors in their becoming smaller and smaller in size.
Whatever the origin of the disease, this case indicates that zebus are not naturally resistant to SE and, therefore, that B.
We returned several times and worked with the same seven Zebus each time.