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Princeton's WordNet

  1. kraal(noun)

    a village of huts for native Africans in southern Africa; usually surrounded by a stockade

  2. kraal(noun)

    a pen for livestock in southern Africa


  1. kraal(Noun)

    In Central and Southern Africa, a rural village of huts surrounded by a stockade.

  2. kraal(Noun)

    An enclosure for livestock.

  3. Origin: From colonial kraal, from curral.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Kraal(noun)

    a collection of huts within a stockade; a village; sometimes, a single hut

  2. Kraal(noun)

    an inclosure into which are driven wild elephants which are to be tamed and educated


  1. Kraal

    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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