Definition of zariba in English:


(also zareba, zareba, zareeba)

Pronunciation /zəˈrēbə/ /zəˈribə/


  • 1A protective enclosure of thorn bushes or stakes surrounding a campsite or village in northeastern Africa.

    ‘In desert regions, the corresponding form of field fortification is the zariba, an enclosure protected by thorn bushes.’
    • ‘In addition, separate, larger animal enclosures, known as zariba are also surrounded by fencing.’
    • ‘Just half-a-dozen tugs, and the impossible zariba was a gap and a scattered heap of brushwood.’
    1. 1.1A cattle corral.


From Arabic zarība ‘cattle pen’.