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; borrowing 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. ^ Wells, John (1997), “Our changing pronunciation”, in Transactions of the Yorkshire Dialect Society[1], retrieved 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]

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Noun[edit]

zebra f

  1. zebra

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External links[edit]

  • zebra in Příruční slovník jazyka českého, 1935–1957
  • zebra in Slovník spisovného jazyka českého, 1960–1971, 1989

Danish[edit]

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Noun[edit]

zebra c (singular definite zebraen, plural indefinite zebraer)

  1. zebra

Esperanto[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From zebro(zebra) +‎ -a.

Adjective[edit]

zebra ‎(accusative singular zebran, plural zebraj, 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

Declension[edit]

Inflection (stem in long/high vowel, back harmony)
singular plural
nominative zebra zebrák
accusative zebrát zebrákat
dative zebrának zebráknak
instrumental zebrával zebrákkal
causal-final zebráért zebrákért
translative zebrává zebrákká
terminative zebráig zebrákig
essive-formal zebraként zebrákként
essive-modal
inessive zebrában zebrákban
superessive zebrán zebrákon
adessive zebránál zebráknál
illative zebrába zebrákba
sublative zebrára zebrákra
allative zebrához zebrákhoz
elative zebrából zebrákból
delative zebráról zebrákról
ablative zebrától zebráktól
Possessive forms of zebra
possessor single possession multiple possessions
1st person sing. zebrám zebráim
2nd person sing. zebrád zebráid
3rd person sing. zebrája zebrái
1st person plural zebránk zebráink
2nd person plural zebrátok zebráitok
3rd person plural zebrájuk zebráik

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Italian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

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.

Case 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.

Pronunciation[edit]

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). Compare Spanish cebra.

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]

Alternative forms[edit]

Noun[edit]

zebra c

  1. zebra

Declension[edit]

Inflection of zebra 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative zebra zebran zebror zebrorna
Genitive zebras zebrans zebrors zebrornas

Turkish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from English zebra.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ˈzeb.ɾɑ]
  • Hyphenation: zeb‧ra

Noun[edit]

zebra ‎(definite accusative zebrayı, plural zebralar)

  1. zebra

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