ZEBU, n. A variety of the common ox, with a hump on the shoulders. It is found in the East Indies and resembles the bos Indicus, or Indian ox, but is very small, being sometimes little larger than a dog.
A ruminant mammal of the bovid tribe, the Taurus Indicus or Bos Indicus of the naturalists. This bovine quadruped varies in size, from a large mastif dog, to a full grown European bull. It is ordinarily furnished with a fatty excrescence or hump on the shoulders, which has been said sometimes to reach the weight of fifty pounds. It is found extensively in India, and also in Northern Africa. It is often called the Indian bull or ox, and cow.
- A bovine mammal (Ros
Indicus) extensively domesticated in India, China, the East
Indies, and East Africa. It usually has short horns, large pendulous
ears, slender legs, a large dewlap, and a large, prominent hump over
the shoulders; but these characters vary in different domestic breeds,
which range in size from that of the common ox to that of a large