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or koppie

[kop-ee] /ˈkɒp i/
noun, (in South Africa)
a small hill.
Origin of kopje
1880-85; < Afrikaans, equivalent to kop kop + -je diminutive suffix Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The companies pushed forward, however, by successive rushes until they reached a donga some three hundred yards from the kopje.

    The Second Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers in the South African War Cecil Francis Romer and Arthur Edward Mainwaring
  • Far enough, for the kopje was only just visible against the sky.

    Diamond Dyke George Manville Fenn
  • This position consisted of a small rise, from which we could fire at the kopje with a sight of 550 paces.

    On Commando Dietlof Van Warmelo
  • We were posted on this kopje for the rest of the day, and at night upon another.

    A Yeoman's Letters P. T. Ross
  • It is extremely difficult to clamber up the rough sides of an African kopje.

  • Not to be too long-winded, we carried ridge after ridge of kopje for several miles.

    A Yeoman's Letters P. T. Ross
  • kopje after kopje, as the Boers push on, breaks into fire and is left extinct behind.

    With Rimington L. March Phillipps
  • I will send Simba with you to show you the water-hole in the kopje.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • Lighted candles did not drive them from the kopje pillow where they fought.

  • And the old Boer waved his hand, and said: 'Over the kopje, there, beyond the river.

    Tatterdemalion John Galsworthy
British Dictionary definitions for kopje


a small isolated hill
Word Origin
C19: from Afrikaans koppie, from Dutch kopje, literally: a little head, from kop head; see kop
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for kopje

small hill in South Africa, from S.African Dutch, diminutive of Dutch kop "hill; head" (see kop).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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