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zek

[zek] /zɛk/
noun
1.
(in the former U.S.S.R.) an inmate of a forced-labor camp.
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n.

"Russian condemned person in a prison or labor camp," 1968, from Russian zek, probably representing a vocalization of z/k, abbreviation of zaklyuchennyi "prisoner."

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