One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A stocky wild Mongolian horse with a dun-colored coat and a dark brown erect mane, now extinct in the wild. It is the only true wild horse, and is the ancestor of the domestic horse.
Equus ferus, family Equidae
- ‘The one true wild horse Przewalski's horse is considered extinct in the wild by some, and at best is alive only through captive breeding programs.’
- ‘Plants and trees have sprung back to life, and rare species, such as lynx, Przewalski's horses, and eagle owls, are thriving where most humans fear to tread.’
- ‘The present-day population of Przewalski's horse occasionally produces an individual with an unusual coat color, probably because the species has hybridized with the domestic horse at least once in its history.’
- ‘I had arrived to assist Mongolian and Dutch conservation groups with the reintroduction of endangered Przewalski's horses (Equus ferus przewalskii) to their native land.’
Late 19th century: named after Nikolai M. Przhevalʹsky (1839–88), Russian explorer.
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