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or veldt

[velt, felt] /vɛlt, fɛlt/
the open country, bearing grass, bushes, or shrubs, or thinly forested, characteristic of parts of southern Africa.
Origin of veld
1795-1805; < Afrikaans < Dutch: field Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for veld
Historical Examples
  • The Cape cart stood on the veld, without a scratch on the paintwork.

    The Dop Doctor

    Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • "Coming from the veld, apparently, and not from town," said the picket Commander.

    The Dop Doctor

    Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • She had never told him what had happened at the tavern on the veld.

    The Dop Doctor

    Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • The jewel Bough had left on the veld had belonged to him once.

    The Dop Doctor

    Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • The veld over the entire Cape Colony is overgrown with bushes (scrub).

    The Peace Negotiations J. D. Kestell
  • Boer independence has as warm friends in our Parliament as on the veld.

    The Message Alec John Dawson
  • They're on the veld all the time—see the zebra to the right?

  • My horse was a veld pony, so I set him loose to see what he would do.

    Prester John John Buchan
  • Full of veld craft and resource, it was as difficult to outwit as it was to outfight him.

    The Great Boer War Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Once over the curve every yard of the veld was commanded by the hidden riflemen.

    The Great Boer War Arthur Conan Doyle
British Dictionary definitions for veld


/fɛlt; vɛlt/
elevated open grassland in Southern Africa See also bushveld, highveld, renosterveld Compare pampas, prairie, steppe
Word Origin
C19: from Afrikaans, from earlier Dutch veldtfield
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Word Origin and History for veld

1785, South African, from older Dutch veldt (see field (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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veld in Science
veldt also veld
  (vělt, fělt)   
An extensive, treeless grassland of southern Africa.
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