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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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  • For with the fall of darkness and the larger silence of darkness, the veldt awoke.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • In all their magnificence they stalked abroad, lords of the veldt.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • They divide the veldt into a series of rough parallelograms.

    On the Heels of De Wet

    The Intelligence Officer
  • It is not fair to judge new troops on their first day on the veldt.

    On the Heels of De Wet

    The Intelligence Officer
  • The word "veldt" is Dutch, and the word "illimitable" is Double Dutch.

    A Miscellany of Men G. K. Chesterton
  • The Dutch veldt may be a little more desolate than Birmingham.

    A Miscellany of Men G. K. Chesterton
  • He had even loved one of them—after the rough and ready fashion of the veldt.

    The Mask

    Arthur Hornblow
  • At twelve they stayed in a welcome piece of shade for their first veldt meal.

    The Rhodesian

    Gertrude Page
  • "Say, then, will you sit here on the veldt, or——" and he nodded towards the river.

    Allan's Wife H. Rider Haggard
  • I wonder how much you minded when you heard your husband was lying dead on the veldt?

    The Hero William Somerset Maugham
British Dictionary definitions for veldt


/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 veldt

South African grassland, 1785, from Afrikaans, from older Dutch veld "field;" related to English field (n.).



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

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