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[kloof] /kluf/
(in South Africa) a deep glen; ravine.
Origin of kloof
1725-35; < Afrikaans; akin to cleave2 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for kloof
Historical Examples
  • I do know it; I have been sure of it from the moment when first we met, that night by the kloof.

    Benita, An African Romance H. Rider Haggard
  • It was situated in a kloof of the mountain down which a rivulet flowed.

    Maiwa's Revenge H. Rider Haggard
  • However, I was not going to be beaten, so I just turned and marched for the kloof.

    Long Odds H. Rider Haggard
  • The Dutch doublet is kloof, a chasm, gully, familiar in South Africa.

  • The Hottentot was one employed at Dale's kloof, and knew him.

    A Simpleton Charles Reade
  • Gaining the top of the kloof we saw more bucks—out of range.

    Six Months at the Cape R.M. Ballantyne
  • The houses seemed to be tumbling over one another in a "kloof."

  • Do you go and stand in the neck of the kloof while I ride through the reeds towards you.

    Swallow H. Rider Haggard
  • He had entered the kloof not far behind him, and had kept him in view.

    Harley Greenoak's Charge Bertram Mitford
  • It was hot down here in the kloof, in spite of the abundant shade.

British Dictionary definitions for kloof


a mountain pass or gorge in southern Africa
Word Origin
C18: from Afrikaans, from Middle Dutch clove a cleft; see cleave1
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