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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Zebra  \Ze"bra\,  n.  [Pg.  zebra;  cf  Sp  cebra;  probably  from  a 
  native  African  name.]  (Zo["o]l.) 
  Either  one  of  two  species  of  South  African  wild  horses 
  remarkable  for  having  the  body  white  or  yellowish  white,  and 
  conspicuously  marked  with  dark  brown  or  brackish  bands. 
  Note:  The  true  or  mountain  zebra  ({Equus,  or  Asinus,  zebra}) 
  is  nearly  white,  and  the  bands  which  cover  the  body  and 
  legs  are  glossy  black.  Its  tail  has  a  tuft  of  black 
  hair  at  the  tip.  It  inhabits  the  mountains  of  Central 
  and  Southern  Africa,  and  is  noted  for  its  wariness  and 
  wildness,  as  well  as  for  its  swiftness.  The  second 
  species  ({Equus,  or  Asinus,  Burchellii}),  known  as 
  {Burchell's  zebra},  and  {dauw},  inhabits  the  grassy 
  plains  of  South  Africa,  and  differs  from  the  preceding 
  in  not  having  dark  bands  on  the  legs,  while  those  on 
  the  body  are  more  irregular.  It  has  a  long  tail, 
  covered  with  long  white  flowing  hair. 
  {Zebra  caterpillar},  the  larva  of  an  American  noctuid  moth 
  ({Mamestra  picta}).  It  is  light  yellow,  with  a  broad  black 
  stripe  on  the  back  and  one  on  each  side  the  lateral 
  stripes  are  crossed  with  withe  lines.  It  feeds  on 
  cabbages,  beets,  clover,  and  other  cultivated  plants. 
  {Zebra  opossum},  the  zebra  wolf.  See  under  {Wolf}. 
  {Zebra  parrakeet},  an  Australian  grass  parrakeet,  often  kept 
  as  a  cage  bird.  Its  upper  parts  are  mostly  pale  greenish 
  yellow,  transversely  barred  with  brownish  black  crescents; 
  the  under  parts  rump,  and  upper  tail  coverts,  are  bright 
  green;  two  central  tail  feathers  and  the  cheek  patches  are 
  blue.  Called  also  {canary  parrot},  {scallop  parrot}, 
  {shell  parrot},  and  {undulated  parrot}. 
  {Zebra  poison}  (Bot.),  a  poisonous  tree  ({Euphorbia  arborea}) 
  of  the  Spurge  family,  found  in  South  Africa.  Its  milky 
  juice  is  so  poisonous  that  zebras  have  been  killed  by 
  drinking  water  in  which  its  branches  had  been  placed,  and 
  it  is  also  used  as  an  arrow  poison.  --J.  Smith  (Dict. 
  Econ.  Plants). 
  {Zebra  shark}.  Same  as  {Tiger  shark},  under  {Tiger}. 
  {Zebra  spider},  a  hunting  spider. 
  {Zebra  swallowtail},  a  very  large  North  American 
  swallow-tailed  butterfly  ({Iphiclides  ajax}),  in  which  the 
  wings  are  yellow,  barred  with  black;  --  called  also 
  {Zebra  wolf}.  See  under  {Wolf}. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  :  any  of  several  fleet  black-and-white  striped  African  equines 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
  A  data  management  package  in  the  {CERN  Program  Library}. 

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