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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. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for kopje
Historical Examples
  • 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

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

    A Yeoman's Letters

    P. T. Ross
  • We were posted on this kopje for the rest of the day, and at night upon another.

    A Yeoman's Letters

    P. T. Ross
  • So I will desist for the present, and resume this to-morrow on the top of a kopje.

    A Yeoman's Letters

    P. T. Ross
  • “There have been no baboons seen since we occupied the kopje,” said Lennox.

    The Kopje Garrison George Manville Fenn
  • You would have me attack and take first one kopje, then the second, and then the third?

    The Kopje Garrison George Manville Fenn
  • “Men signalling from the top of the kopje,” said Captain Edwards.

    The Kopje Garrison George Manville Fenn
  • In half-an-hour he was leading the attack on the first kopje.

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
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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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