Definition of kurbash in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkʊəbaʃ/
(also kourbash)


A whip, typically of hippopotamus hide, formerly used as an instrument of punishment in Turkey and Egypt.
Example sentences
  • Did the museum fear outraged slavers descending on it with kurbashes?
  • Taxes were extorted by torture, for which the notorious Egyptian kurbash, a whip with five lashes made of rhinoceros hide, was used.


Early 19th century: from Arabic kurbāj, from Turkish kırbaç 'whip'.

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