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Word of the Day for Sunday, December 21, 2008

kibbutz \ki-BOOTS\, noun:

an Israeli communal settlement, especially a farm co-operative

For this farming collective five miles from the Lebanon border, the attack last week, which killed more than two dozen cows, raised new worries about life ahead for the troubled kibbutz, and others like it in northern Israel.
-- Ken Ellingwood, Los Angeles Times, 7/25/2006
The new kibbutz seeks a subtler balance between collective responsibility and individual freedom, with an emphasis on community and values. Its drawing points include a safe environment, usually in the heart of nature, away from the cities scarred by suicide bombings; excellent day care and education; and an improved quality of life at out-of-town prices.
-- Isabel Kirshner, New York Times, 8/27/2007
According to the Israeli military, an "alert" Israeli force detonated a fourth booby-trapped vehicle before it could detonate Sunday near the security fence surrounding Kibbutz Nirim.
-- Talal Abu-Rahmi, CNN.com, 4/20/2008

by 1931, from modern Hebrew qibbus "gathering," from Hebrew "a gathering together," from root of qibbes "he gathered together." Plural is kibbutzim.

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