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EnglishEdit

 
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A zebra (species of Equus)

EtymologyEdit

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 Commonwealth. The long vowel pronunciation remains standard in American English.

PronunciationEdit

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

NounEdit

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 hoof beats, 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.

SynonymsEdit

HyponymsEdit

Derived termsEdit

TranslationsEdit

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See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Wells, John (1997), “Our changing pronunciation”, in Transactions of the Yorkshire Dialect Society[1], retrieved 6 February 2014, pages xix.42-48

AnagramsEdit


BasqueEdit

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

zebra

  1. zebra

DeclensionEdit


CatalanEdit

 
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PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

zebra f (plural zebres)

  1. zebra

CebuanoEdit

EtymologyEdit

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).

NounEdit

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

CzechEdit

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

zebra f

  1. zebra

DeclensionEdit

Further readingEdit

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

DanishEdit

 
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NounEdit

zebra c (singular definite zebraen, plural indefinite zebraer)

  1. zebra

DutchEdit

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

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

  1. zebra

EsperantoEdit

EtymologyEdit

From zebro (zebra) +‎ -a.

AdjectiveEdit

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

  1. zebrine, hippotigrine

HypernymsEdit


HungarianEdit

 
Zebra [1].
 
Zebra [2].

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): [ˈzɛbrɒ]
  • Hyphenation: zeb‧ra

NounEdit

zebra (plural zebrák)

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

DeclensionEdit

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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ItalianEdit

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

zebra f (plural zebre)

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

LadinEdit

NounEdit

zebra f (plural zebres)

  1. zebra

LatinEdit

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

zēbra f (genitive zēbrae); first declension

  1. (New Latin) zebra (Equus zebra)

InflectionEdit

First declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative zēbra zēbrae
genitive zēbrae zēbrārum
dative zēbrae zēbrīs
accusative zēbram zēbrās
ablative zēbrā zēbrīs
vocative zēbra zēbrae

LatvianEdit

 zebra on Latvian Wikipedia
 
Zebra

EtymologyEdit

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.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

zebra f (4th declension)

  1. zebra (esp. Equus zebra)

DeclensionEdit


PolishEdit

 
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PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

zebra f

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

DeclensionEdit

SynonymsEdit


PortugueseEdit

 
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zebra (Equus quagga antiquorum)

EtymologyEdit

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.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

zebra f (plural zebras)

  1. zebra

DescendantsEdit


Serbo-CroatianEdit

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

zȅbra f (Cyrillic spelling зе̏бра)

  1. zebra

DeclensionEdit


SloveneEdit

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

zébra f (genitive zébre, nominative plural zébre)

  1. zebra

DeclensionEdit


SpanishEdit

NounEdit

zebra f (plural zebras)

  1. Obsolete spelling of cebra

SwedishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

NounEdit

zebra c

  1. zebra

DeclensionEdit

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

TurkishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from English zebra.

PronunciationEdit

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

NounEdit

zebra (definite accusative zebrayı, plural zebralar)

  1. zebra

DeclensionEdit

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