or za·ree·ba

[ zuh-ree-buh ]
/ zəˈri bə /


(in the Sudan and adjoining regions) a protective enclosure, as of thorn bushes.

Origin of zareba

First recorded in 1840–50, zareba is from the Arabic word zarībah pen Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for zareba



/ (zəˈriːbə) /

noun (in northern E Africa, esp formerly)

a stockade or enclosure of thorn bushes around a village or campsite
the area so protected or enclosed

Word Origin for zareba

C19: from Arabic zarībah cattlepen, from zarb sheepfold
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