Wild vs Zeriba - What's the difference?

wild | zeriba |

As a proper noun wild

is for a wild person, or for someone living in uncultivated land.

As a noun zeriba is

a fence, particularly those once commonly improvised in northeastern africa from thornbushes.

As a verb zeriba is

to erect or take refuge within a zereba.




  • Untamed; not domesticated.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Winter's not gone yet, if the wild geese fly that way.
  • * Milton
  • The woods and desert caves, / With wild thyme and gadding vine o'ergrown.
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=May-June, author= David Van Tassel], [http://www.americanscientist.org/authors/detail/lee-dehaan Lee DeHaan
  • , title= Wild Plants to the Rescue , volume=101, issue=3, magazine=(American Scientist) , passage=Plant breeding is always a numbers game.
  • (senseid) Unrestrained or uninhibited.
  • Raucous, unruly, or licentious.
  • Visibly and overtly anxious; frantic.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2011, date=August 7, author=Chris Bevan, work=BBC Sport
  • , title= Man City 2-3 Man Utd , passage=City, in contrast, were lethargic in every area of the pitch and their main contribution in the first half-hour was to keep referee Phil Dowd busy, with Micah Richards among four of their players booked early on, in his case for a wild lunge on Young.}}
  • Disheveled, tangled, or untidy.
  • Enthusiastic.
  • Inaccurate.
  • Exposed to the wind and sea; unsheltered.
  • a wild roadstead
  • (nautical) Hard to steer; said of a vessel.
  • (mathematics, of a knot) Not capable of being represented as a finite closed polygonal chain.
  • Antonyms

    * (mathematics) tame

    Derived terms

    * in the wild * walk on the wild side * wild allspice * wild and woolly * wild animal * wild balsam apple * wild basil * wild blueberry * wild boar * wild bugloss * wild camomile * wild card * wildcard * wildcarrot * wild cat * wildcat * wildcat strike * wildcatter * wild celery * wild cherry * wild child * wildcrafting * wild cumin * wild drake * wildebeest * wild elder * wilden * wilder * wilderness * wildest * wild-eyed * wildfire * wildflower * wildfowl * wild geranium * wild ginger * wild goose * wild goose chase * wild-goose chase * wild hyacinth * wilding * wild Irishman * wildish * wild land * wild licorice * wildlife * wildly * wild mammee * wild marjoram * wild mustard * wildness * wild oat * wild pieplant * wild pigeon * wild pink * wild pitch * wild plantain * wild plum * wild purslane * wild rice * wild rye * wild Spaniard * wild strawberry * wildstyle * wild turkey * wild vanilla * Wild West * wildwood


    (en adverb)
  • Inaccurately; not on target.
  • The javelin flew wild and struck a spectator, to the horror of all observing.


    (en noun)
  • The undomesticated state of a wild animal
  • After mending the lion's leg, we returned him to the wild
  • (chiefly, in the plural) a wilderness
  • * 1730–1774 , Oliver Goldsmith, Introductory to Switzerland
  • Thus every good his native wilds impart
    Imprints the patriot passion on his heart;
    And e’en those ills that round his mansion rise
    Enhance the bliss his scanty funds supplies.


    (en verb)
  • To commit random acts of assault, robbery, and rape in an urban setting, especially as a gang.
  • * 1989 , David E. Pitt, Jogger's Attackers Terrorized at Least 9 in 2 Hours , New York Times (April 22, 1989), page 1:
  • *:: ...Chief of Detectives Robert Colangelo, who said the attacks appeared unrelated to money, race, drugs, or alcohol, said that some of the 20 youths brought in for questioning has told investigators that the crime spree was the product of a pastime called "wilding".
  • *:: "It's not a term that we in the police had heard before," the chief said, noting that the police were unaware of any similar incident in the park recently. "They just said, 'We were going wilding.' In my mind at this point, it implies that they were going to raise hell."...
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    Alternative forms

    * zareba (particularly in figurative uses) * seriba, sariba * zerybeh * zereba, zareeba, zerriba


    (en noun)
  • A fence, particularly those once commonly improvised in northeastern Africa from thornbushes.
  • * 1849 , O'Reilly translating Werne, Exped. Sources White Nile , II 112:
  • A shining seriba of reeds, the stalks of which ... perhaps only afford resistance to tame animals.
  • * 1895 , A. H. Keane translating W. Junker, Trav. in Afr. , I v 245:
  • The expression ‘'zeriba country ’ applied by some geographers to the northern slope of the Nile–Congo divide.
  • (label) An improvised stockade, particularly those similarly located and constructed.
  • * 1884 Mar. 11, Times , 5:
  • The Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) advanced this morning to Baker Pasha's zariba .
  • (label) A camp of troops employing such an enclosure.
  • * 1887''' Apr. 9, ''Times , 5:
  • ...Forming a zariba , or square, to resist cavalry.
  • (label) Any wild and barbed barrier, evocative of a briar or thorn patch.
  • * 1910 , :
  • Once you had passed the initial zareba of fruit stands, souvenir stands, ice-cream stands, and the lair of the enthusiast whose aim in life it was to sell you picture post-cards, and had won through to the long walk where the seats were, you were practically alone with Nature.
  • * 1961 , P. G. Wodehouse, Ice in Bedroom , vii. 52:
  • Owing to his obiter dicta having to be filtered through a zareba of white hair, it was not always easy to catch exactly what Mr. Cornelius said.


    (en verb)
  • To erect or take refuge within a zereba.
  • * 1885 July, 19th Cent. , 89:
  • The Brigadier ordered the force to zereba on the best position that was near.
  • * 1911 , "Somaliland" in the Encyclopædia Britannica 11th ed., Vol. 25:
  • On the 2nd of June a small force, zeribaed under Captain Malcolm McNeill, was attacked by the mullah's followers but repulsed after desperate fighting.