noun, plural koupreys (especially collectively) kouprey.
a wild ox, Bibos (Novibos ) sauveli, of Laos and Cambodia, having a blackish-brown body with white markings on the back and feet: an endangered species.
Also called gray ox.

1935–40; (< F) < spoken Khmer ko:prey (written gō brai) < Pali cow1 + Khmer brai forest

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kouprey (ˈkuːpreɪ)
a large wild member of the cattle tribe, Box sauveli, of SE Asia, having a blackish-brown body and white legs: an endangered species
[C20: from French, from a Cambodian native name, from Pali cow + Khmer brai forest]

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((species Bos sauveli), extremely rare wild ox of southeastern Asia. It was unknown to science until 1937. Classification of the kouprey is still uncertain. Some zoologists believe the animal to be a genuine wild ox, while others suggest that it may have been domesticated for several centuries and then become feral. Still others suggest that it is a hybrid

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