ETYM Portu. zebra; cf. Spanish cebra; probably from a native African name.
Any of several fleet black-and-white striped African equines.
Black and white striped member of the horse genus Equus found in Africa; the stripes serve as camouflage or dazzle and confuse predators. It is about 1.5 m/5 ft high at the shoulder, with a stout body and a short, thick mane. Zebras live in family groups and herds on mountains and plains, and can run at up to 60 kph/40 mph. Males are usually solitary.
The mountain zebra E. zebra was once common in Cape Colony and Natal and still survives in parts of South Africa and Angola. It has long ears and is silvery-white with black or dark brown markings. Grevy’s zebra E. grevyi is much larger, with finer and clearer markings; it inhabits Ethiopia and Somalia. Burchell’s or the common zebra E. burchelli is intermediate in size, has white ears, a long mane, and full tail; it roams the plains north of the Orange River in South Africa.
Životinja iz roda konja, sa lepim prugama po telu, živi u Južnoj i Srednjoj Africi, afrički magarac; zebra-drvo, palmovo drvo sa šarama. (šp.)