kraal

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n kraal a pen for livestock in southern Africa
    • n kraal a village of huts for native Africans in southern Africa; usually surrounded by a stockade
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Kraal A collection of huts within a stockade; a village; sometimes, a single hut.
    • Kraal An inclosure into which are driven wild elephants which are to be tamed and educated.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n kraal In South Africa, primarily, a collection of huts arranged around a circular inclosure for cattle, or the inclosure itself; hence, any closely built village, especially one within a stockade, or a farming establishment or ranch. Also spelled krawl.
    • kraal To place (cattle or sheep) in a kraal or shed for shelter or safe-keeping. See kraal, n.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Kraal kräl a Hottentot village or hut
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
D., a village, inclosure, park, prob. fr. Pg. curral, a cattle pen; the same word as Sp. corral,. See Corral
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Dut. kraal—Port. curral—L. currĕre.

Usage

In literature:

At the extremity of it is the Government House, standing in grounds which four years ago were occupied by Lo Bengula's kraal.
"Through South Africa" by Henry M. Stanley
But then there was a kraal of Makobas within five miles, which was a drawback.
"Tales of South Africa" by H.A. Bryden
Umfanawendhlela, he who now sits at the royal kraals on the Mahlabatini.
"A Secret of the Lebombo" by Bertram Mitford
A little later they emerged from the kraal, and, crossing the road, cantered off across the veldt in the direction of Kimberley.
"With Rifle and Bayonet" by F.S. Brereton
It was getting nearly time to go to the kraals and count in the sheep.
"Renshaw Fanning's Quest" by Bertram Mitford
On'y when dey start fo' de kraal, he say.
"Old Hendrik's Tales" by Arthur Owen Vaughan
The kraals were empty and the gates open, the shatters of the windows were up.
"A Veldt Official" by Bertram Mitford
There were three of these kraals, but it was in the largest that all the fighting men had gathered.
"The King's Assegai" by Bertram Mitford
As it was, the whole kraal turned out, and simply ran all the cattle back again.
"John Ames, Native Commissioner" by Bertram Mitford
Him I found awaiting me at the gate of the kraal.
"The Induna's Wife" by Bertram Mitford
We'll take the path by Goba's vee-kraal to Bromvogel Nek.
"Harley Greenoak's Charge" by Bertram Mitford
Here they came on much cultivated ground, but the kraals had been deserted by the enemy.
"The Young Colonists" by G.A. Henty
By stratagem the Zulus capture Dick and Bob and take them to their principal kraal or village.
"Corporal 'Lige's Recruit" by James Otis
Kraal little further on.
"Hair-Breadth Escapes" by H.C. Adams
The garrison then retired to the stone kraal, and repulsed attack after attack through the night.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 7" by Various
Three miles from Morija is Matsieng, the kraal of the paramount chief Lerothodi (who died in August 1905).
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 4" by Various
Through living much in native kraals he had become little better than a savage.
"The African Colony" by John Buchan
He fed the horses himself and then walked over to the cattle kraal.
"The Witch Doctor and other Rhodesian Studies" by Frank Worthington
Next day we marched to Schanz Kraal, a short march over grassy veldt.
"Two Years on Trek" by Louis Eugène du Moulin
These lanes led to the kraals in different portions of the town.
"The World and Its People: Book VII" by Anna B. Badlam
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In poetry:

Grey forsaken kraals
Of the ancient races,
Where the past's shadow falls
On their vacant places . . .
"The Casuarina Tree (Southern Rhodesia)" by Cicely Fox Smith
And thou who once wast Pharaoh's, and thou whose palm-thatched kraals
For centuries made marvel of bold De Gama’s sails,
And all that dwell betwixt you, whate’er your race and name,
Who seek our shores in kindness, we thank you that you came.
"The Melbourne International Exhibition A. D. 1880" by Mary Hannay Foott

In news:

City still must approve transferring Turtle Kraals, Half Shell leases.
The Half Shell Raw Bar, a familiar Key West waterfront beer and seafood joint, is likely to be taken over by Pat Croce, who is also looking to operate the adjacent Turtle Kraals, also a bar and restaurant.
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