kraal

kraal

[krahl]
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.
Also, craal.


Origin:
1725–35; < Afrikaans < Portuguese curral pen; see corral

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kraal (krɑːl)
 
n
1.  a hut village in southern Africa, esp one surrounded by a stockade
2.  an enclosure for livestock
 
adj
3.  denoting or relating to the tribal aspects of the Black African way of life
 
vb
4.  (tr) to enclose (livestock) in a kraal
 
[C18: from Afrikaans, from Portuguese curral pen; see corral]

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