zebra

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See also: Zebra, zébra, zebră, zebrā, and żebra

English[edit]

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A zebra (species of Equus)

Etymology[edit]

1600; from Italian zebra, from Portuguese zebra, zebro (zebra), from Old Portuguese enzebro, ezebra, azebra (wild ass), from earlier cebrario (882), ezebrario (897), from Vulgar Latin *eciferus, from Latin equiferus (wild horse) (Pliny), from equus (horse) + ferus (wild).

(biracial person): The term zebra, as used in its pejorative sense, was popularized on the television situation comedy The Jeffersons. The term was used by the series protagonist, George Jefferson (Sherman Hemsley), to express disdain for his daughter-in-law, Jenny Willis Jefferson, whose father was white and mother was black.

While the word was traditionally pronounced with a long initial vowel in standard English, during the twentieth century a vowel shift occurred in regions of England, with the adoption of an initial short vowel.[1] This pronunciation is now used throughout the UK and Commonwealth. The long vowel pronunciation remains standard in American English.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK, Commonwealth) IPA(key): /ˈzɛbɹə/, /ˈziːbɹə/
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  • (US and trad. English) IPA(key): /ˈziːbɹə/
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Noun[edit]

zebra (plural zebras)

  1. Any of three species of genus Equus: E. grevyi, E. quagga, or E. zebra, all with black and white stripes and native to Africa.
  2. (sports, slang) A referee.
  3. (medicine, slang) 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. (vulgar, pejorative, slang) A bi-racial person, specifically one born to a member of the Sub-Saharan African race and a Caucasian.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ 1997 November 23, John Wells, “Our changing pronunciation”, Transactions of the Yorkshire Dialect Society, retrieved on 6 February 2014, pages xix.42-48: 

Basque[edit]

Noun[edit]

zebra

  1. zebra

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Catalan[edit]

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Noun[edit]

zebra f (plural zebres)

  1. zebra

Czech[edit]

Noun[edit]

zebra f

  1. zebra

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Danish[edit]

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Noun[edit]

zebra c (singular definite zebraen, plural indefinite zebraer)

  1. zebra

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Adjective[edit]

zebra (plural zebraj, accusative singular zebran, accusative plural zebrajn)

  1. zebrine, hippotigrine

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Hungarian[edit]

Zebra [1].
Zebra [2].

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈzɛbrɒ/
  • Hyphenation: zeb‧ra

Noun[edit]

zebra (plural zebrák)

  1. zebra (animal)
  2. pedestrian crossing, crosswalk, zebra crossing

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Italian[edit]

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Noun[edit]

zebra f (plural zebre)

  1. zebra
  2. (in the plural, informal) zebra crossing

Ladin[edit]

Noun[edit]

zebra f (plural zebres)

  1. zebra

Latin[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

zebra f (genitive zebrae); first declension

  1. zebra (Equus zebra)

Inflection[edit]

First declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative zebra zebrae
genitive zebrae zebrārum
dative zebrae zebrīs
accusative zebram zebrās
ablative zebrā zebrīs
vocative zebra zebrae

Latvian[edit]

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Zebra

Etymology[edit]

Possibly ultimately from a Congolese name for the animal, via Portuguese, via some other European language. Possibly also ultimately from Latin equiferus (wild horse), via Portuguese and/or Italian.

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Noun[edit]

zebra f (4th declension)

  1. zebra (esp. Equus zebra)

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Polish[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

zebra f

  1. zebra (animal)
  2. (colloquial) zebra crossing

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Portuguese[edit]

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zebra (Equus quagga antiquorum)

Etymology[edit]

From zebro, from Old Portuguese zebro, ezebro (European wild ass), from Vulgar Latin *eciferus, from Latin equiferus (wild horse), from equus (horse) + ferus (wild).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

zebra f (plural zebras)

  1. zebra

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Serbo-Croatian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

zȅbra f (Cyrillic spelling зе̏бра)

  1. zebra

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Slovene[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

zébra f (genitive zébre, nominative plural zébre)

  1. zebra

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Spanish[edit]

Noun[edit]

zebra f (plural zebras)

  1. obsolete spelling of cebra

Swedish[edit]

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Noun[edit]

zebra c

  1. zebra

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Turkish[edit]

Noun[edit]

zebra (definite accusative zebrayı, plural zebralar)

  1. zebra

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