One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A type of covered Russian sledge.
- ‘Orange-red beeches rise beyond them on the slope; two hoop-tents, or kibitkas, just large enough to creep into, are near the fires, where the women are cooking the gipsy's bouillon, that savoury stew of all things good.’
- ‘The silent and robust young man riding the horse that drew her kibitka was the chieftain of his tribe.’
- ‘Fearing bad weather, I got out of the kibitka and went into the post station, intending to take a rest.’
- ‘Day was breaking when the kibitka reached the left bank, where one of the wide alleys of the park ended.’
- ‘A hundred years ago, during the Tsarist Russian occupation, kibitkas, or horse wagons, were leaving the Citadel's gallows filled with Polish political prisoners.’
2A circular tent, covered with felt, formerly used by Tartars.
- ‘It is suggested that the latticed kibitka was adopted by the Turks of Southern Siberia from the Mongols.’
- ‘The sides of the kibitka are invariably made from chii, woven to protect the kibitka from dust and the fire from strong draughts, while letting in fresh air and some light.’
- ‘Inside our kibitka the rain dripped in, water froze and snow blew around.’
- ‘Now kibitkas are hardly to be found in this area, although traditional forms of agriculture and nomadism are still in existence.’
- ‘We suggest you to spend several nights in a real nomad kibitka.’
Late 18th century: Russian, from Tatar and Kyrgyz kibit (from Arabic qubbat ‘dome’) + the Russian suffix -ka.
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