sabra

sabra

[sah-bruh, -brah]
noun
(sometimes initial capital letter) a person born in Israel.

Origin:
1940–45; < colloquial Modern Hebrew sabre literally, prickly pear < Arabic ṣabrah

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sabra (ˈsɑːbrə)
 
n
a native-born Israeli Jew
 
[from Hebrew Sabēr prickly pear, common plant in the coastal areas of the country]

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Sabra
"Jew born in Palestine (or, after 1948, Israel)," 1945, from Mod.Heb. sabrah, lit. "prickly pear."
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