- an enclosure for cattle and other domestic animals in southern Africa.
- 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.
- such a village as a social unit.
- an enclosure where wild animals are exhibited, as in a zoo.
- to shut up in a krall, as cattle.
Origin of kraal
1725–35; < Afrikaans < Portuguese curral pen; see corral
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- a hut village in southern Africa, esp one surrounded by a stockade
- an enclosure for livestock
- denoting or relating to the tribal aspects of the Black African way of life
- (tr) to enclose (livestock) in a kraal
Word Origin for kraal
C18: from Afrikaans, from Portuguese curral pen; see corral
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"village, pen, enclosure," 1731, South African, from colonial Dutch kraal, from Portuguese curral (see corral).
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