[ki-boots, -boots]
noun, plural kibbutzim [ki-boot-seem] .
(in Israel) a community settlement, usually agricultural, organized under collectivist principles.

1930–35; < Modern Hebrew kibuṣ; compare Hebrew qibbūṣ gathering

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kibbutz (kɪˈbʊts)
n , pl kibbutzim
a collective agricultural settlement in modern Israel, owned and administered communally by its members and on which children are reared collectively
[C20: from Modern Hebrew qibbūs: gathering, from Hebrew qibbūtz]

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Word Origin & History

"Israeli collective settlement," 1931, from mod. Heb. qibbus "gathering," from Heb. "a gathering together," from root of qibbes "he gathered together." Plural is kibbutzim.
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Cultural Dictionary
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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