The zebra is an African mammal from the from the horse family. It is famous for its unique black and white stripes that cover all of its body.
The word zebra derives from the Italian word for the same animal, which remains spelled in the same way as English.
The pronunciation of zebra in English varies between British English and American English. In the UK zebra is pronounced as zeh-bruh, with a short e, so without the "ee" sound. In the US, zebra is pronounced as zee-bruh, so with a long "e". It is interesting to note that the original pronunciation of zebra was with a long "e", the American way so to speak, and was pronounced this way in the UK as well. However, during the 1900s, in the UK and the Commonwealth, its pronunciation changed to zeh-bruh, while the US maintained the original pronunciation of zee-bruh.