zebra

Definitions:

  • Any of several swift African mammals of the genus <em>Equus,</em> resembling the horse and having distinctive overall markings of alternating white and black or brown stripes.
  • Any of various striped organisms, such as a zebrafish.
  • A referee in football.
  • A name used by fish-culturists in England for hybrids between <em>Salmo fario</em>, the European trout, and <em>Salmo fontinalis</em>, the American brook-trout.
  • An American heliconiid butterfly, <em>Apostraphia charithonia</em>, 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.
  • An African solidungulate mammal, related to the horse and ass, of the genus <em>Equus</em> and subgenus <em>Hippotigris</em>, having the body more or less completely striped.
  • Resembling the stripes of a zebra; having stripes running along the sides: as, the <em>zebra</em> markings on certain spiders.
  • 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.
  • the larva of an American noctuid moth (<spn>Mamestra picta</spn>). It is light yellow, with a broad black stripe on the back and one on each side; the lateral stripes are crossed with withe lines. It feeds on cabbages, beets, clover, and other cultivated plants.
  • the zebra wolf. See under <er>Wolf</er>.
  • an Australian grass parrakeet, often kept as a cage bird. Its upper parts are mostly pale greenish yellow, transversely barred with brownish black crescents; the under parts, rump, and upper tail coverts, are bright green; two central tail feathers and the cheek patches are blue. Called also <altname>canary parrot</altname>, <altname>scallop parrot</altname>, <altname>shell parrot</altname>, and <altname>undulated parrot</altname>.
  • a poisonous tree (<spn>Euphorbia arborea</spn>) of the Spurge family, found in South Africa. Its milky juice is so poisonous that zebras have been killed by drinking water in which its branches had been placed, and it is also used as an arrow poison.
  • Same as Tiger shark, under <er>Tiger</er>.
  • a hunting spider.
  • a very large North American swallow-tailed butterfly (<spn>Iphiclides ajax</spn>), in which the wings are yellow, barred with black; -- called also <altname>ajax</altname>.
  • See under <er>Wolf</er>.
  • An African animal, closely related to a <xref>horse</xref>, with black and white <xref>stripes</xref>.
  • A <xref>referee</xref>.
  • An <xref>unlikely</xref> <xref>diagnosis</xref>, 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.")
  • A bi-racial person, specifically one born to a member of the Sub-Saharan <xref>African</xref> race and a <xref>Caucasian</xref>.
  • any of several fleet black-and-white striped African equines
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