zebra

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English[edit]

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A zebra (species of Equus)

Etymology[edit]

1600; borrowed 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 most Commonwealth nations. The long vowel pronunciation remains standard in Canadian and American English.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK, Commonwealth) IPA(key): /ˈzɛbɹə/, /ˈziːbɹə/
    • (file)
    • Hyphenation: zeb‧ra
  • (Canadian, US and trad. English) IPA(key): /ˈziːbɹə/
    • (file)
    • Hyphenation: ze‧bra

Noun[edit]

zebra (plural zebra or 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 hoofbeats, think of horses, not zebras".)
  4. (vulgar, derogatory, slang) A biracial person, specifically one born to a member of the Sub-Saharan African race and a Caucasian.
  5. (informal) A fish, the zebra cichlid.
  6. Any of various papilionid butterflies of the subgenus Paranticopsis of the genus Graphium, having black and white markings.

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Translations[edit]

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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

Anagrams[edit]


Basque[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

zebra

  1. zebra

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Catalan[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

zebra f (plural zebres)

  1. zebra

Cebuano[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English zebra, 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).

Noun[edit]

zebra

  1. a zebra; 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. a pattern or motif similar to the stripes of a zebra
  3. (informal) an animal with zebra-like stripes

Czech[edit]

Pronunciation[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

Dutch[edit]

Drie zebra's. — Three zebras (sense 1).
Een zekere zebra in Londen. — A certain zebra crossing in London.

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Portuguese zebra, from Vulgar Latin *eciferus, from Latin equiferus (wild horse). The second sense is a shortening of zebrapad.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈzeː.braː/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: ze‧bra

Noun[edit]

zebra m (plural zebra's, diminutive zebraatje n)

  1. A zebra, a black-and-white striped equid of the genus Equus; Equus zebra, Equus quagga or Equus grevyi. [from late 16th c.]
  2. A zebra crossing, a pedestrian crossing. [from mid 1950s.]
    Synonym: zebrapad

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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. (biology) zebra (animal)
  2. (road transport) 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
non-attributive
possessive - singular
zebráé zebráké
non-attributive
possessive - plural
zebráéi zebrákéi
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]

zēbra f (genitive zēbrae); first declension

  1. (New Latin) zebra (Equus zebra)

Declension[edit]

First-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative zēbra zēbrae
Genitive zēbrae zēbrārum
Dative zēbrae zēbrīs
Accusative zēbram zēbrās
Ablative zēbrā zēbrīs
Vocative zēbra zēbrae

Latvian[edit]

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 zebra on Latvian Wikipedia
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
    Synonyms: przejście dla pieszych, pasy

Declension[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • zebra in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • zebra in Polish dictionaries at PWN

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

Descendants[edit]

  • Italian: zebra

Serbo-Croatian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

zȅbra f (Cyrillic spelling зе̏бра)

  1. zebra

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Slovene[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /zèːbra/, /zéːbra/

Noun[edit]

zẹ̄bra f

  1. zebra

Inflection[edit]

Feminine, a-stem
nom. sing. zébra
gen. sing. zébre
singular dual plural
nominative zébra zébri zébre
accusative zébro zébri zébre
genitive zébre zéber zéber
dative zébri zébrama zébram
locative zébri zébrah zébrah
instrumental zébro zébrama zébrami

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]

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

Turkish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English zebra.

Pronunciation[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

zebra (definite accusative zebrayı, plural zebralar)

  1. zebra

Declension[edit]

Inflection
Nominative zebra
Definite accusative zebrayı
Singular Plural
Nominative zebra zebralar
Definite accusative zebrayı zebraları
Dative zebraya zebralara
Locative zebrada zebralarda
Ablative zebradan zebralardan
Genitive zebranın zebraların