One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in Sudan and neighbouring countries) a thorn fence fortifying a camp or village.
- ‘In desert regions, the corresponding form of field fortification is the zariba, an enclosure protected by thorn bushes.’
- ‘Just half-a-dozen tugs, and the impossible zariba was a gap and a scattered heap of brushwood.’
- ‘In addition, separate, larger animal enclosures, known as zariba are also surrounded by fencing.’
From Arabic zarība ‘cattle pen’.
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