One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A Southeast Asian forest ox that resembles the domestic cow. It has been domesticated in Bali.
- ‘We understand today that in the Indochinese countries, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, there are three species of wild cattle: the gaur, the banteng and the nearly extinct Kouprey.’
- ‘Nevertheless, the kouprey is shy and more difficult to kill than either gaur or banteng.’
- ‘These species do not share other mutations, so taurine cattle, zebu, banteng, and gayal all occupy separate branches in the network.’
- ‘The banteng once roamed the forests in many parts of the Kingdom.’
- ‘To create the banteng, scientists inserted DNA from the dead banteng's skin cells into egg cells from closely related domestic cows, producing embryos.’
Early 19th century: from Malay.
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