from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several swift, wild, horselike African mammals of the genus Equus, having distinctive overall markings of alternating white and black or brown stripes.
- n. Any of various striped organisms, such as the zebra butterfly.
- n. A referee in football.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An African animal, closely related to a horse, with black and white stripes.
- n. A referee.
- n. 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.")
- n. A bi-racial person, specifically one born to a member of the Sub-Saharan African race and a Caucasian.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A name used by fish-culturists in England for hybrids between Salmo fario, the European trout, and Salmo fontinalis, the American brook-trout.
- n. 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. 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.
- Resembling the stripes of a zebra; having stripes running along the sides: as, the zebra markings on certain spiders.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of several fleet black-and-white striped African equines
Thus the horse, in the nomenclature of the naturalist, is termed _Equus caballus_; the ass, _Equus asinus_; and the zebra, _Equus zebra_.
First, there is the true zebra (_Equus zebra_), perhaps the most beautiful of all quadrupeds, and of which no description need be given.
And, as they say, a zebra is a horse designed by a committee.
For example, hidden between a whale and a zebra is a "snakamel", a snake with a camel's head.
"When I first saw it, I thought it was a once-in-a-lifetime thing, what we call a zebra,"
"Let's see, I heard it over the wire, and Mr. Jenks was all broke up over the catastrophe, so he mixed things up some; but I remember he said all the camels and the elephants had lit out, ditto their trained ostrich that draws a cart around the ring like a hoss; and there was some monkeys that broke loose too, yes, and now I think of it he did mention a striped animal which he called the zebra; and I think he said a lot of lions and tigers, and also a few others I can't recall for the moment!"
When a momentarily striped animal was called a zebra, it was tricked into believing it could only be one form, one thing.
A zebra is roaming the Little Hocking area in Ohio.
I have heard that zebra is pretty dang good eating.
It strikes me that shooting a zebra is somewhat like shooting a wild mustang horse.