Meaning of “zebra” in the English Dictionary

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"zebra" in British English

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zebranoun [ C ]

uk /ˈzeb.rə/ /ˈziː.brə/ us /ˈziː.brə/ plural zebras or zebra


  • A zebra baby can walk about 15 minutes after it’s born.
  • Although scientists don’t yet know the exact reason for the pattern, one theory is that when many zebras run together in a group, they make a pattern which is visually confusing.
  • Another theory suggests that zebra stripes are actually very effective in hiding the animal in long grass because lions are in fact colorblind!
  • But baby zebras can run and stay near their mother and the other adult zebras.
  • It looks like a kind of horse or zebra, but it’s not related to either of them.
  • Lions love to eat baby zebras.
  • So, a zebra’s stripes help it to survive.
  • This makes it difficult for predators, such as lions, to identify one zebra to attack.
  • Zebras have black and white stripes.

(Definition of “zebra” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"zebra" in American English

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zebranoun [ C ]

us /ˈzi·brə/ /ˈzeb·rə/

an African wild animal that looks like a horse but has black and white or brown and white lines on its body

(Definition of “zebra” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)