from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A group of animals, prisoners, or slaves chained together in a line.
- transitive v. To fasten together in a coffle.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A line of people or animals fastened together, especially a chain of prisoners or slaves.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A gang of negro slaves being driven to market.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A train or gang of slaves transported or marched for sale.
Arabic qāfila, caravan, feminine active participle of qafala, to close, return; see qpl in Semitic roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Arabic قافلة (qāfila, "caravan"). (Wiktionary)