One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A domesticated ox used in South Asia.
- ‘Sacrificial gayals are slaughtered and it is followed by singing, dancing and drinking of alcoholic beverages.’
- ‘These species do not share other mutations, so taurine cattle, zebu, banteng, and gayal all occupy separate branches in the network.’
- ‘On this occasion the performer provides 40-45 rice beer pots, one gayal and rice to the villagers.’
- ‘The tribes also barter their kills for a type of red salt from China that they feed to livestock, most of which are gayals (the domestic form of the gaur).’
- ‘One gayal was shot dead and the rest were too frightened to visit nearby communes where they often drink water.’
Late 18th century: from Bengali.
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