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n. pl. mo·sha·vim (mō′shä-vem′)
An Israeli cooperative settlement consisting of small separate farms.

[Modern Hebrew môšāb, from Hebrew, dwelling, from yāšab, to sit, dwell; see wṯb in Semitic roots.]


(Hebrew mɔˈʃav)
n, pl -shavim (-ʃaˈvim)
(Agriculture) a cooperative settlement in Israel, consisting of a number of small farms
[C20: from Hebrew mōshābh a dwelling]



n., pl. mo•sha•vim (ˌmoʊ ʃɑˈvim)
a cooperative community in Israel made up of small farm units.
[1930–35; < Modern Hebrew < Hebrew mōshābh dwelling]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.moshav - a cooperative Israeli village or settlement comprised of small farms
small town, village, settlement - a community of people smaller than a town
Israel, State of Israel, Yisrael, Zion, Sion - Jewish republic in southwestern Asia at eastern end of Mediterranean; formerly part of Palestine
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The moshavim were also committed to Jewish settlement based on "self-labor" that served to exclude the Palestinians but were less successful in confronting military threats and economic risks.
Moshavim are an example of acceptance committees in the Jewish towns and cooperative agricultural communities.
53) This more recent narrative, the one I labeled as "paradoxical" at the beginning of this essay, derives from the successful legacy of the Yekkes, who established kibbutzim, moshavim, and agricultural villages, including Nahariya, Shavei Zion, and Ramot Hashavim--the "Huhnerdorf der Akademiker" (chicken village of the academics) and home to the famous "Eier-Jeckes" (egg-Yekkes).
Israel Excludes residents for 12% 28% 22% kibbutzim, collective moshavim and Bedouins living outside of localities.
Until recently, the region was made up of a few cities, such as Beer Sheva, Dimona and Arad (poor, neglected development towns largely settled by immigrants from Arab-speaking countries in the 1950s); and several dozen economically sound kibbutzim and less economically sound moshavim [cooperative communities].
It's far away from any industry, there isn't any of the violent consumerism that we have in the big cities or the agriculture that we have in moshavim.
The market share of traditional retail (open-air markets, small local grocers and independent supermarket chains) is being eroded as the presence and acceptance of modern retail formats grows, although members of moshavim and kibbutzim still operate numerous small businesses throughout the country.
Community leaders of 40,000 dwellers of the dozens of kibbutzim, moshavim and small towns adjoining the Gaza Strip spoke out Monday, Aug 25: "It is no longer possible to hide what is going on and the country must hear the truth," they said: "The populated front line facing the Gaza Strip is no more.
The Jewish members of Bat Shalom of the North lived on the agricultural kibbutzim and moshavim that spread across the fertile plains.
Recent structural changes in the Israeli Moshavim : Decooperativisation of marketing leads to financial crisis, Journal of Financial Management and Analysis (8:1995)
Thais living on moshavim (communities allowing private property) are assigned to work for individual farmers.
The kibbutzim and moshavim, communal and cooperative villages, as well as the "pioneer" youth movements, which were the foundation of the whole enterprise, were mostly Tolstoyan socialist, some of them even Marxist.