Definitions for: Zebu


[n] domesticated ox having a humped back and long horns and a large dewlap; used chiefly as a draft animal in India and east Asia



Webster (1913) Definition: Ze"bu, n. [?. z['e]bu; of uncertain origin.] (Zo["o]l.)
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.

Note: 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.

See Also: Bos, Bos indicus, Brahma, Brahman, Brahmin, genus Bos

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