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also za·ree·ba  (zə-rē′bə)
1. An enclosure of bushes or stakes protecting a campsite or village in northeast Africa.
2. A campsite or village protected by such an enclosure.

[Arabic zarība, cattle pen.]
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(zəˈriːbə) or


(in northern E Africa, esp formerly) n
1. (Anthropology & Ethnology) a stockade or enclosure of thorn bushes around a village or campsite
2. (Anthropology & Ethnology) the area so protected or enclosed
[C19: from Arabic zarībah cattlepen, from zarb sheepfold]
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or za•ree•ba

(zəˈri bə)

n., pl. -bas.
(in the Sudan and adjoining regions) a protective enclosure, as of thorn bushes.
[1840–50; < Arabic zarībah pen]
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We therefore blocked the entrance to our zareba by filling it up with several thorny bushes, and left our camp with the stores entirely surrounded by this protecting hedge.
The novelist blocks his reader's path with a zareba of stars.
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[4.] Moss AJ, Zareba W, Hall WJ, Klein H, Wilber DJ, Cannom DS, et al.
4 stars) Braga 2016 [dagger] *** Braga 2015 *** DiRenzo 2015 *** Estrada 2009 *** Gimpel 2010 *** Gokaslan 2012 *** Herz 2014 *** Sencan 2014 *** Szymanski 2012 *** Zareba 2014 *** Zee 2016 *** Study Comparability (max.
Sesselberg HW, Moss AJ, McNitt S, Zareba W, Daubert JP, Andrews ML (2007), Ventricular arrhythmia storms in postinfarction patients with implantable defibrillators for primary prevention indications: a MADIT-II substudy.