from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A hut of the Aleuts, half underground and covered with soil. Also barrabarra.


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  • "The Eskimos there lived in what was called a 'barabara.' Barabaras were circular structures two-thirds underground; they were built like that to withstand the shrieking winds that routinely blew at hurricane force, winds that ripped conventional structures apart. One rescuer described a barabara as 'roughed over with slabs of peat sod, ... entrance to which is gained through a tunnel of from four to five feet in height, this tunnel being its only means of light and ventilation, in most cases; about the sides of these rooms are dug shelves and in these shelves, on mattresses of dried grasses and furs, the people sleep.'"

    —John M. Barry, The Great Influenza (NY: Penguin Books, 2004), 360

    February 17, 2009