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or za·ree·ba

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

First recorded in 1840–50, zareba is from the Arabic word zarībah pen
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Examples from the Web for zareba

Historical Examples

  • In January 1916 the German Fleet is still lurking in that zareba.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 150, January 12, 1916


  • Some ten or twelve thousand Arabs it was seen had surrounded the Zareba.

  • He had his left arm broken by a bullet just as we left the zareba.

    The Dash for Khartoum

    George Alfred Henty

  • The infantry now moved out from the zareba, formed in two squares.

    The Dash for Khartoum

    George Alfred Henty

  • In place of a zareba, the traps were set out, but there was to be no rest for the skinners.

    The Rogue Elephant

    Elliott Whitney

British Dictionary definitions for zareba



noun (in northern E Africa, esp formerly)
  1. a stockade or enclosure of thorn bushes around a village or campsite
  2. the area so protected or enclosed
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Word Origin

C19: from Arabic zarībah cattlepen, from zarb sheepfold
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