A whip, traditionally made of hippopotamus hide and used for punishment in parts of the Middle East, especially in Egypt from Pharaonic times until the early 1900s and in the Ottoman Empire.
transitive verbkur·bashed, kur·bash·ing, kur·bash·es
To punish with a kurbash.
Origin of kurbashUltimately ( partly via French courbache ) from Arabic kurbāj from Turkish kırbaç whip probably alteration (perhaps in imitation of a cracking whip) of earlier kırmaç Azerbaijani kırmaç gırmanç perhaps kır- stem of kırmak to break, break down (resistance) Old Turkic qırmaq to cut, break -maç n. suff. Old Turkic -maç