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  • noun Plural form of zareba.


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  • From the cover of the boulders and walls of hastily erected stone zarebas, Nefer's men met them with long lances and hails of javelins.


  • The unhappy Dolbahuntas were almost wiped out as a tribal unit; their zarebas and flimsy villages were surrounded by the Mullah's men and fired, leaving the occupants -- men, women and children -- the choice of a dreadful end among blazing thorns or red death on the spears of their fellow-countrymen and co-religionists.


  • Again all cultivation was exchanged for uncompromising plain, stones, stones, and a soil like iron, on which nothing grew except the thorny zizyphus lotus, with the double row of thorns, one pointing forward, the other back, out of which the Soudanese make their zarebas.

    In the Tail of the Peacock

  • The column started at 6: 30, and its troubles soon began, for no sooner was it fairly within the bush than the difficulty of keeping the transport together became apparent, and the rate of progress was necessarily so slow that Sir J. McNeill saw that it would be impossible to carry out the programme of building and occupying the two zarebas before night, and therefore decided to form one only on an open space that the troops had reached about 10: 30 a.m.

    Our Soldiers Gallant Deeds of the British Army during Victoria's Reign


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