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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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  • This is well enough in the old settled lands, but on the veld it is curiously inept.

    The African Colony John Buchan
  • "Coming from the veld, apparently, and not from town," said the picket Commander.

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • The farm on the veld stood on the veld, a thing of the veld, a thing rooted and established there and nowhere else.

    The Passionate Friends Herbert George Wells
  • The veld over the entire Cape Colony is overgrown with bushes (scrub).

    The Peace Negotiations J. D. Kestell
  • Saxham was shooting on the veld, north of the Clayfields, in a ginger-hued dust-wind and a grilling sun.

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • Boer independence has as warm friends in our Parliament as on the veld.

    The Message Alec John Dawson
  • The Boers, like their own veld grass, need but a few sparks to be left behind to ensure a conflagration breaking out again.

    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
  • When within a thousand yards or so they encountered a troop of mares grazing on the veld.

    With Steyn and De Wet Philip Pienaar
  • A deserted garden does not return to the veld for many years, if ever.

    The African Colony John Buchan
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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