Definition of shamba in English:



  • (in East Africa) a cultivated plot of ground; a farm or plantation.

    • ‘Niassia worked for the global coffee industry, and used to earn £70 a year collecting the red berries from the hundreds of drooping coffee bushes on her hillside shamba (field used to grow crops).’
    • ‘After independence, many of the large colonial land holdings were divided among Kenyans into small farms known as shambas.’
    • ‘Not so long ago, all six would have been busy at this hour fetching water from distant wells and lugging it back to the small subsistence farms, known as shambas, that dot rural western Kenya.’
    • ‘Kiplagat says there are hundreds of local girls with unnurtured talent, but her house can only cater for nine at a time in the 15-room, motel-style camp she has built, amid shambas and shacks, crops and goats.’
    • ‘There were several South African families of Boer descent, and a German couple called Gaitsche, who ran a shamba outside the mine, where we could buy vegetables for the table.’
    smallholding, holding, farmstead, steading, grange, plantation, estate
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