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or kour·bash

[koo r-bash]
  1. a whip with leather thongs, formerly used in Turkey, Egypt, etc.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to whip with a kurbash.
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Origin of kurbash

1805–15; < Arabic kurbājTurkish kιrbaç whip
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Historical Examples of kurbash

  • But he was not permitted to finish, as Moto sprang up furious, with his kurbash (a hippopotamus-hide whip) in hand.

    My Kalulu, Prince, King and Slave

    Henry M. Stanley

  • A bawling of voices, a snapping of the kurbash upon the flanks of the camels, and the caravan was once more under way.

    The Carpet from Bagdad

    Harold MacGrath

  • He carried a kurbash, a cow-hide whip, which he twirled idly, even suggestively.

    The Carpet from Bagdad

    Harold MacGrath

  • The use of the kurbash for such purposes, once common in Egypt, has been abolished by the British authorities.

  • He has a French cook, but he retains the kurbash; he puts up telephones, but he does not give up the bowstring.

    The Rulers of the Mediterranean

    Richard Harding Davis