[zee-byoo, -boo]
one of a domesticated form of cattle, Bos taurus indicus, of India, having a large hump over the shoulders and a large dewlap.

1765–75; < French zébu, of obscure origin

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zebu (ˈziːbuː)
a domesticated ox, Bos indicus, having a humped back, long horns, and a large dewlap: used in India and E Asia as a draught animal
[C18: from French zébu, perhaps of Tibetan origin]

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Asiatic ox, 1774, from Fr. zebu, ult. of Tibetan origin. First shown in Europe at the Paris fair of 1752.
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Zebu cattle are more resistant to ticks than other cattle.
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