sabra

[sah-bruh, -brah]

Origin of sabra

1940–45; < colloquial Modern Hebrew sabre literally, prickly pear < Arabic ṣabrah
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British Dictionary definitions for sabra

sabra

noun
  1. a native-born Israeli Jew

Word Origin for sabra

from Hebrew Sabēr prickly pear, common plant in the coastal areas of the country
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Word Origin and History for sabra

Sabra

n.

"Jew born in Palestine (or, after 1948, Israel)," 1945, from Modern Hebrew sabrah, literally "prickly pear."

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