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craal

[krahl]
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noun
  1. kraal.

kraal

or craal

[krahl]
noun
  1. an enclosure for cattle and other domestic animals in southern Africa.
  2. a village of the native peoples of South Africa, usually surrounded by a stockade or the like and often having a central space for livestock.
  3. such a village as a social unit.
  4. an enclosure where wild animals are exhibited, as in a zoo.
verb (used with object)
  1. to shut up in a krall, as cattle.

Origin of kraal

1725–35; < Afrikaans < Portuguese curral pen; see corral
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British Dictionary definitions for craal

kraal

noun
  1. a hut village in southern Africa, esp one surrounded by a stockade
  2. an enclosure for livestock
adjective
  1. denoting or relating to the tribal aspects of the Black African way of life
verb
  1. (tr) to enclose (livestock) in a kraal

Word Origin

C18: from Afrikaans, from Portuguese curral pen; see corral
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Word Origin and History for craal

kraal

n.

"village, pen, enclosure," 1731, South African, from colonial Dutch kraal, from Portuguese curral (see corral).

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