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izba

[iz-bah] /ɪzˈbɑ/
noun
1.
the traditional log house of rural Russia, with an unheated entrance room and a single living and sleeping room heated by a clay or brick stove.
Also, isba.
Origin
1775-1785
1775-85; < Russian izbá (diminutive istópka), Old Russian istŭba house, bath, cognate with Serbo-Croatian ìzba small room, shack, Czech jizba room, Old Czech jistba, jizdba, all < Slavic *jĭstŭbaVulgar Latin *extūfa, with short u perhaps < Germanic *stuba; see stove1
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