or za·ree·ba



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

Nearby words

  1. zaragoza,
  2. zarathustra,
  3. zarathustrian,
  4. zaratite,
  5. zardeh kuh,
  6. zarf,
  7. zaria,
  8. zarqa,
  9. zarzuela,
  10. zastruga

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. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for zareba



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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