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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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  • The kloof was strewn with bodies of khakies, who were sent up as reinforcement and pitilessly shot down by the burghers.

    On Commando Dietlof Van Warmelo
  • It was situated in a kloof of the mountain down which a rivulet flowed.

    Maiwa's Revenge H. Rider Haggard
  • Even the battery stamps across the kloof seemed to hammer out the same refrain.

    The Sign of the Spider Bertram Mitford
  • Gaining the top of the kloof we saw more bucks—out of range.

    Six Months at the Cape R.M. Ballantyne
  • “What the spring in the kloof, about two miles back, I suppose,” interrupted the stranger.

  • The houses seemed to be tumbling over one another in a "kloof."

  • Then the old man came out, looked carefully round, called to his family, and went off with them over the brow of the kloof.

    Allan's Wife H. Rider Haggard
  • It was hot down here in the kloof, in spite of the abundant shade.

  • Most of the effects intended for removal had been got down on the second day, the waggons alone remaining in the kloof.

    The Vee-Boers Mayne Reid
  • “Quite a lot of them,” he said, handing it to me after a look down the kloof.

    A Veldt Vendetta Bertram Mitford
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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