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veld

or veldt

[velt, felt]
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noun
  1. 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
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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).


British Dictionary definitions for veld

veld

veldt

noun
  1. elevated open grassland in Southern AfricaSee also bushveld, highveld, renosterveld Compare pampas, prairie, steppe

Word Origin

C19: from Afrikaans, from earlier Dutch veldt field
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Word Origin and History for veld

n.

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

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veld in Science

veldt

  1. An extensive, treeless grassland of southern Africa.
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