Definition of kraal in English:

kraal

Syllabification: kraal
Pronunciation: /kräl
 
/
South African

noun

1A traditional African village of huts, typically enclosed by a fence.
More example sentences
  • They said that if money came to our kraals and our abodes, singing would no longer help our children and our wives sleep.
  • So at dusk I was led to a kraal where an extended Masai family greeted me with great hospitality and a selection of decorative beaded goods.
  • Phillip then moved the two children to his own Mother's kraal and he paid a substantial sum to the family of his wife for this right - otherwise they might have taken the children themselves.
1.1 another term for homestead (sense 3).
1.2An enclosure for cattle or sheep.
More example sentences
  • The kraal for the cattle was not only suitable to us but to the hyenas as well.
  • I cannot put the cattle back into the kraal so early in the day!
  • Villages are centered on a cattle pen called a kraal, or a community building.

verb

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Drive (cattle or sheep) into an enclosure: they kraal their sheep every night
More example sentences
  • 24 cattle from this farm have been kraaled on Wallasey (next door) until the owner of the cattle pays compensation.
  • We responded to losses by jackal predation by changing to an indigenous breed (Damaras flock better than Dorpers and resist predators better), bringing heavily pregnant ewes in to a safe camp, and kraaling our animals at night.
  • Already with portable electric fencing we will be kraaling the cattle overnight on the croplands to improve fertility of the lands.

Origin

Dutch, from Portuguese curral (see corral).

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