zek

[ zek ]

noun
  1. (in the former U.S.S.R.) an inmate of a forced-labor camp.

Origin of zek

1
First recorded in 1965–70; from Russian zek “prisoner,” representing a vocalization of ze +ka (the letter names of z, k), probably an abbreviation of zaklyuchënnyi “prisoner”

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