Meaning of banteng in English:


Pronunciation /ˈbantɛŋ/


  • A SE Asian forest ox that resembles the domestic cow. It has been domesticated in Bali.

    Bos javanicus, family Bovidae

    ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, the kouprey is shy and more difficult to kill than either gaur or banteng.’
    • ‘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.