- a small hill.
Origin of kopje
1880–85; < Afrikaans, equivalent to kop kop + -je diminutive suffix
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Examples from the Web for kopje
I will send Simba with you to show you the water-hole in the kopje.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
Far enough, for the kopje was only just visible against the sky.Diamond Dyke
George Manville Fenn
And he asked it, because he was leaning there beside her, alone on the kopje top.The Rhodesian
Not to be too long-winded, we carried ridge after ridge of kopje for several miles.
So I will desist for the present, and resume this to-morrow on the top of a kopje.
- a small isolated hill
C19: from Afrikaans koppie, from Dutch kopje, literally: a little head, from kop head; see kop
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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).
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