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[skerm, skurm] /skɛrm, skɜrm/
(in South Africa) a hut, screen, or shelter constructed from branches and canvas, scraped animal hides, or the like.
Origin of scherm
1860-65; < Afrikaans skerm screen, shelter < Dutch scherm screen, (earlier) shelter Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Then I turned a corner of the scherm (camp fence), and saw at once what was up.

    Tales of South Africa H.A. Bryden
  • The bedroom is usually the lee–side of a bush or scherm of cut branches.

    The Matabele Campaign R. S. S. Baden-Powell
  • There were several of us, and we slept in a scherm, very snug and jolly we were too.

    In the Whirl of the Rising Bertram Mitford
  • I propose that we take a turn at watching outside, one each side of the scherm.

    Forging the Blades Bertram Mitford
  • We passed scherm after scherm, and still more Matabele, more fires, and on we rode.

  • Mtezani, during the disturbance, had been standing aloof against the further side of the scherm watching events.

    A Secret of the Lebombo Bertram Mitford
  • The whole inside of the scherm was alive with waving shields and savage forms, and glinting blades.

    A Secret of the Lebombo Bertram Mitford
  • We outspanned for the night without water, and with the accompaniment of scherm and camp fires.

    The African Colony John Buchan
  • And now footsteps were heard approaching the scherm, together with the rattle of assegai hafts.

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