What does zebra mean?

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ˈzi brə; Brit. also ˈzɛb rəze·bra

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. zebra(noun)

    any of several fleet black-and-white striped African equines


  1. zebra(Noun)

    an African animal, closely related to a horse, with black and white stripes

  2. zebra(Noun)

    a referee

  3. zebra(Noun)

    an unlikely diagnosis, especially for symptoms probably caused by a common ailment. (Originates in the advice often given to medical students: "When you hear hoof beats, think of horses, not zebras.")

  4. zebra(Noun)

    a bi-racial person, specifically one born to a member of the Sub-Saharan African race and a Caucasian.

  5. Origin: From the Congolese word for the animal (possibly meaning striped) via Old Portuguese zevra.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Zebra(noun)

    either one of two species of South African wild horses remarkable for having the body white or yellowish white, and conspicuously marked with dark brown or brackish bands

  2. Origin: [Pg. zebra; cf. Sp. cebra; probably from a native African name.]


  1. Zebra

    Zebras are several species of African equids united by their distinctive black and white stripes. Their stripes come in different patterns, unique to each individual. They are generally social animals that live in small harems to large herds. Unlike their closest relatives, horses and asses, zebras have never been truly domesticated. There are three species of zebras: the plains zebra, the Grévy's zebra and the mountain zebra. The plains zebra and the mountain zebra belong to the subgenus Hippotigris, but Grévy's zebra is the sole species of subgenus Dolichohippus. The latter resembles an ass, to which it is closely related, while the former two are more horse-like. All three belong to the genus Equus, along with other living equids. The unique stripes of zebras make them one of the animals most familiar to people. They occur in a variety of habitats, such as grasslands, savannas, woodlands, thorny scrublands, mountains, and coastal hills. However, various anthropogenic factors have had a severe impact on zebra populations, in particular hunting for skins and habitat destruction. Grévy's zebra and the mountain zebra are endangered. While plains zebras are much more plentiful, one subspecies, the quagga, became extinct in the late 19th century – though there is currently a plan, called the Quagga Project, that aims to breed zebras that are phenotypically similar to the quagga in a process called breeding back.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Zebra

    zē′bra, n. 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.—n. Zē′bra-wood, the hard and beautifully striped wood of a Guiana tree.—adj. Zē′brine, like the zebra. [Of African origin.]

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. ZEBRA

    The crook among horses, condemned to wear stripes for life.

Editors Contribution

  1. zebra

    A type of animal.

    Most zebra have a black and white pattern, some species have a cream and white pattern.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 11, 2016  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of zebra in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of zebra in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of zebra in a Sentence

  1. Ren Larison:

    Zebra have a need to keep foraging throughout the day, which keeps them out in the open more of the time than other animals, an additional cooling mechanism could be very useful under these circumstances.

  2. Matthew Barnes:

    I'm very hopeful about eating as an educational tool, campaigns like 'clean, drain and dry' between lakes have been effective in making people aware of moving zebra mussels and exotic plants.

  3. Mohammed Sultan:

    The zebra is real and not painted.

  4. Brothers Johnson:

    When I went to the session with 'Billie Jean,' I took like 10 basses and I lined 'em up. I'd say, 'Michael, pick one,' he'd pick one with the zebra wood on it. It had 12 different kinds of wood, different layers. It was dark brown and tan and light-colored, and it looked like a tiger or a zebra. Michael picked it because it sounded good. I hot-rodded it. I beefed it up and put extra magnets underneath the pickups. I did all the things I knew how to do to get the best sound. That's how come the bass sounded like that.

  5. Shannan Edwards:

    I try to outdo myself every year, the best thing is stopping for gas wearing a crazy outfit. If you're wearing a lime-green zebra-striped suit in the middle of the afternoon, people are going to ask questions.

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