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[kahr-uh-bah-oh] /ˌkɑr əˈbɑ oʊ/
noun, plural carabaos.
(in the Philippines) the water buffalo.
Origin of carabao
Philippine Spanish
1895-1900; < Philippine Spanish < Bisayan karabáw Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • All the domestic animals, aside from the carabao, have been introduced from abroad.

    The Greater Republic Charles Morris
  • The animal that is most essential in every way is the carabao or water buffalo.

    An Ohio Woman in the Philippines Emily Bronson Conger
  • The carabao has little hair and its nose bears a strong resemblance to that of the hippopotamus.

    The Critic in the Orient George Hamlin Fitch
  • Finally Piniliu went to Nueva Viscaya, and there bought a carabao.

    Ifugao Law R. F. Burton
  • For days before the natives were busy making long candles out of carabao tallow.

    An Ohio Woman in the Philippines Emily Bronson Conger
  • Timbuluy gathered his kin and met Piniliu when he was bringing back the carabao.

    Ifugao Law R. F. Burton
  • Horses and carabao are very rare, and are said to have been introduced late, not before the present century.

British Dictionary definitions for carabao


noun (pl) -os
another name for water buffalo
Word Origin
from Visayan karabáw; compare Malay karbaw
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