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Zebu. A species of cattle found in southern Asia, eastern Africa and adjacent islands known scientifically as Bos indicus. Different breeds of these cattle vary greatly in size, some being as large as our largest oxen and others no larger than a Newfoundland dog. The prevailing color is a rusty gray or mouse color but this is not constant, buff, red and black being also found. The ears are pendulous and the horns usually short or wanting. There is a conspicuous dewlap, and a prominent fatty hump over the shoulders. The flesh makes excellent beef, the fatty hump being regarded as a great delicacy. These cattle are gentle and docile and are used as beasts of burden. In India the white bulls are considered sacred by the Brahmins and allowed to graze, without interference, in gardens and cultivated fields as they will.