from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The common local name of the small water-buffalo, Bos (Bubalus) buffelus, peculiar to the Philippine Islands.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.), Phil. Islands The water buffalo of the Philippines.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A domesticated subspecies of the water-buffalo

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun water buffalo of the Philippines


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Spanish, from Visayan karabáw, from Malay kerbau.]

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Spanish carabao, from a Visayan language.


  • The carabao is a great friend of Filipino boys and girls.

    The Great White Tribe in Filipinia

  • [Page 10] the tillers of the soil wading barefoot and bareheaded in mud and water, holding plough or harrow drawn by an amphibious creature called a carabao or water-buffalo, burying by hand in the mire the roots of young rice plants, or applying as a fertiliser the ordure and garbage of the city.

    The Awakening of China

  • He said the carabao was a pet of the victim's family. - Local News

  • Inarajan Mayor Franklin Taitague said, based on an account from one of the victim's relatives, the 46-year-old was riding a carabao, which is about two years old. - Local News

  • Even if spoken in what many Filipinos term as "carabao" English accent, proper English may be deemed acceptable for as long as the purpose of communication is realized.

    India or Philippines: Which Country is Asia's Largest English-speaking Nation?

  • After a few hundred pages, the puzzle was finally solved: the author meant "carabao", or water buffalo!

    Reader reviews of When The Elephants Dance by Tess Uriza Holthe.

  • This innocent yet magic word was "carabao," the name of the water buffalo, the beast of burden that formed the American "cracker line" in the Philippines before the introduction of the ever-faithful mule.

    Bamboo Tales

  • Another name for the water buffalo is the carabao and that is a percentage I give.

    Water Buffalo Milk Isn't Low Lactose Either

  • We asked for carabao carts drawn by water buffalo, and the Filipinos volunteered, and about twenty-five showed up.

    Into the Rising Sun

  • I got up on the last carabao cart and rode with one of the medical doctors, Lieutenant Musselman from Nebraska.

    Into the Rising Sun


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