One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A collective farm in the former Soviet Union.
- ‘Ivan Denisovich's thoughts lie in his hometown of Temnenovo, where he learns from his wife's letters that the men of the village are abandoning the kolkhoz, or collective farms.’
- ‘Growing up on a kolkhoz, he had been doing a man's work since the age of twelve.’
- ‘Together they worked on a kolkhoz.’
- ‘In the aftermath of collectivization and grain requisitioning, the Communist Party was suspicious of ‘hostile’ peasants and ‘backward’ women who led uprisings against kolkhozy.’
- ‘The relatively large scale of the kolkhozy was also consistent with Marxist beliefs in the existence of economies of scale in agriculture and in the desirability of mechanization.’
1920s: Russian, from kol(lektivnoe) khoz(yaĭstvo) ‘collective farm’.
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