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kraal

or craal

[krahl] /krɑl/
noun
1.
an enclosure for cattle and other domestic animals in southern Africa.
2.
a village of the native peoples of South Africa, usually surrounded by a stockade or the like and often having a central space for livestock.
3.
such a village as a social unit.
4.
an enclosure where wild animals are exhibited, as in a zoo.
verb (used with object)
5.
to shut up in a krall, as cattle.
Origin of kraal
1725-1735
1725-35; < Afrikaans < Portuguese curral pen; see corral
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Examples from the Web for kraal
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  • I heard that Wambe had a stockade round his kraal made of elephant tusks.

    Maiwa's Revenge H. Rider Haggard
  • The Kaffirs of the kraal we had impressed to assist at once.

    The Defence of Duffer's Drift Ernest Dunlop Swinton
  • Once upon a time the animals made a kraal and put some fat in it.

    South-African Folk-Tales James A. Honey
  • We saw a Kaffir kraal on a hill, and to us "it was nothing more."

    The Defence of Duffer's Drift Ernest Dunlop Swinton
  • A kraal occurs every four or five years, or when a British royalty happens in Ceylon.

    East of Suez Frederic Courtland Penfield
  • The lion was traced to a grove of trees, about a mile and a half from the kraal.

    The Giraffe Hunters Mayne Reid
  • They put fat in the kraal a second time, and appointed the muishond (ingaga) to keep the gate.

    South-African Folk-Tales James A. Honey
  • They made a stretcher of boughs and carried me for some miles to their kraal inland.

    Benita, An African Romance H. Rider Haggard
  • From the direction of the kraal a group was approaching, and her heart beat quicker as she recognised the central figure.

    Forging the Blades Bertram Mitford
  • The two were strolling up and down outside Nondwana's kraal.

    The Sign of the Spider Bertram Mitford
British Dictionary definitions for kraal

kraal

/krɑːl/
noun
1.
a hut village in southern Africa, esp one surrounded by a stockade
2.
an enclosure for livestock
adjective
3.
denoting or relating to the tribal aspects of the Black African way of life
verb
4.
(transitive) to enclose (livestock) in a kraal
Word Origin
C18: from Afrikaans, from Portuguese curral pen; see corral
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Word Origin and History for kraal
n.

"village, pen, enclosure," 1731, South African, from colonial Dutch kraal, from Portuguese curral (see corral).

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