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  1. izba.
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  1. International Seabed Authority.
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or is·ba

  1. 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.
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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 *jĭstŭbaVulgar Latin *extūfa, with short u perhaps < Germanic *stuba; see stove1
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Examples from the Web for isba

Historical Examples

  • The whole family is entombed in a dark and filthy "isba" full of flies.

    Contemporary Russian Novelists

    Serge Persky

  • To Mavra there was but little difference between the isba of her father and the workroom of the seignorial mansion.

  • The orchestra, which had reinforced its musicians by a choir of genuine moujiks, was suspended above the buildings of the Isba.

  • I entered my isba; I stood still in the middle of it, and called very low, "Macha, oh Macha!"