An ox (Bos frontalis) of South and Southeast Asia that is the domesticated form of the gaur.
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Origin of gayal
Bengali gayālprobably from Sanskrit gauḥoxgwou- in Indo-European roots
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Gayal Sentence Examples
Gayal are kept by the natives of the hill-districts of Assam and parts of Tenasserim and Upper Burma.
Although it has received a distinct name, Bos (Bibos) frontalis, there can be little doubt that the gayal is merely a domesticated breed of the gaur, many gayal-skulls showing characters approximating to those of the gaur.
All the species may be included in the genus Bos, with several subgeneric divisions (see Anoa, Aurochs, Bantin, Bison, Buffalo, Gaur, Gayal, Ox and YAK).
A second group of the genus Bos is represented by the IndoMalay cattle included in the sub-genus Bibos (see Bantin, Gaur and Gayal); they are characterized by the more or less marked flattening of the horns, the presence of a well-marked ridge on the anterior half of the back, and the white legs.