That black-and-white striped animal that looks like a horse? That's a zebra, a large African animal with hooves that you're most likely to see in a zoo.

Like donkeys and horses, zebras are members of the family Equidae, or the horse family. Unlike the horses, however, zebras haven't ever truly been domesticated — so don't count on fulfilling your dream of riding a zebra. Zebra comes from Italian, ultimately going back to the Latin root equiferus, "wild horse." In the U.S., the first syllable of zebra is pronounced "zee," but in the U.K., it has a short e sound, like "tepid" or "web."

Definitions of zebra
  1. noun
    any of several fleet black-and-white striped African equines
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    Burchell's zebra, Equus Burchelli, common zebra
    of the plains of central and eastern Africa
    Equus zebra zebra, mountain zebra
    narrow-striped nearly extinct zebra of southern Africa
    Equus grevyi, grevy's zebra
    zebra with less continuous stripes
    type of:
    equid, equine
    hoofed mammals having slender legs and a flat coat with a narrow mane along the back of the neck
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