Definition of kurbash in English:

kurbash

(also kourbash)

noun

  • A whip, typically of hippopotamus hide, formerly used as an instrument of punishment in Turkey and Egypt.

    • ‘Did the museum fear outraged slavers descending on it with kurbashes?’
    • ‘Taxes were extorted by torture, for which the notorious Egyptian kurbash, a whip with five lashes made of rhinoceros hide, was used.’

Origin

Early 19th century: from Arabic kurbāj, from Turkish kırbaç whip.

Pronunciation:

kurbash

/ˈkʊəbaʃ/