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a village of huts for native Africans in southern Africa; usually surrounded by a stockade
a pen for livestock in southern Africa
In Central and Southern Africa, a rural village of huts surrounded by a stockade.
An enclosure for livestock.
Origin: From colonial kraal, from curral.
a collection of huts within a stockade; a village; sometimes, a single hut
an inclosure into which are driven wild elephants which are to be tamed and educated
Origin: [D., a village, inclosure, park, prob. fr. Pg. curral a cattle pen; the same word as Sp. corral. See Corral.]
Kraal is an Afrikaans and Dutch word for an enclosure for cattle or other livestock, located within an African settlement or village surrounded by a palisade, mud wall, or other fencing, roughly circular in form. In the Dutch language a kraal is a term derived from the Portuguese word curral, cognate with the Spanish-language corral, which entered into English separately. The term primarily refers to the type of dispersed homestead characteristic of the Nguni-speaking peoples of southern Africa. Although from the period of colonisation, European South Africans and historians commonly referred to the entire settlement as a kraal, ethnographers have long recognised that its proper referent is the animal pen area within a homestead. Modern ethnographers call the several human dwellings within a homestead houses. Folds for animals and enclosures made specially for defensive purposes are also called kraals. In Eastern and Central Africa, the equivalent word for a livestock enclosure is boma, but this has taken on wider meanings.
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