- the traditional log house of rural Russia, with an unheated entrance room and a single living and sleeping room heated by a clay or brick stove.
Origin of izba
1775–85; < Russian izbá (diminutive istópka), Old Russian istŭba house, bath, cognate with Serbo-Croatian ìzba small room, shack, Czech jizba room, Old Czech jistba, jizdba, all < Slavic *jĭstŭba ≪ Vulgar Latin *extūfa, with short u perhaps < Germanic *stuba; see stove1
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Examples from the Web for isbas
The cottages are very few and far between—generally a collection of little wood hovels, or "isbas," as they are called.Letters of a Diplomat's Wife
Mary King Waddington
They saw no less than three kinds of houses—first, the “isbas,” built of logs, and not unlike the log-cabins of America.Bruin