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[ki-boo ts, -boots] /kɪˈbʊts, -ˈbuts/
noun, plural kibbutzim
[ki-boo t-seem] /kɪ bʊtˈsim/ (Show IPA)
(in Israel) a community settlement, usually agricultural, organized under collectivist principles.
Origin of kibbutz
1930-35; < Modern Hebrew kibuṣ; compare Hebrew qibbūṣ gathering
Can be confused
kibbutz, kibitz. Unabridged
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noun (pl) kibbutzim (ˌkɪbʊtˈsiːm)
a collective agricultural settlement in modern Israel, owned and administered communally by its members and on which children are reared collectively
Word Origin
C20: from Modern Hebrew qibbūs: gathering, from Hebrew qibbūtz
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Word Origin and History for kibbutz

"Israeli collective settlement," 1931, from Modern Hebrew qibbus "gathering," earlier "a gathering together," verbal noun from root of qibbetz "he gathered together." Plural is kibbutzim. Related to Arabic quabada "he grasped, seized."

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kibbutz [(ki-boots)]

plur. kibbutzim (ki-boot-seem)

A communal farm or settlement in Israel. Kibbutzim have helped build national spirit in Israel, and the residents have transformed barren land into fertile, crop-producing land.

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