izba

izba

[iz-bah]
noun
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:
1775–85; < 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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