[ kuh-roo ]
/ kəˈru /
noun, plural ka·roos for 2.
(lowercase) an arid South African tableland with red clay soil.
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Origin of Karoo
First recorded in 1785–90; from Afrikaans kar(r)oo, from Khoikhoi; compare Xhaeruh, Phaeruh placename recorded in 1689, Nama garo “parched, dry, arid,” !garo-b “desolate waste”
Words nearby Karoo
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How to use Karoo in a sentence
Adding to their spectral appearance were the long, withered grass-tufts and karoo bushes, white as if coated with hoar frost.
On the Karoo, just crossed, wild animals were so scarce and shy, that with all the skill of their hunters the larder had run low.
A man walking along the great wastes of the African karoo comes across a little stream.
After a shower of rain, the Karoo in South Africa, for instance, is an extraordinarily beautiful country.
Then the Karoo becomes unlovely, desolate, and barren-looking, with only its inconspicuous permanent plants visible.
British Dictionary definitions for Karoo
noun plural -roos (often not capital)
any of several high arid plateaus in South Africa, esp the Central Karoo and the Little Karoo. The highveld, north of the Central Karoo, is sometimes called the Northern Karoo
a period or rock system in Southern Africa equivalent to the period or system extending from the Upper Carboniferous to the Lower Jurassic: divided into Lower and Upper Karoo
of, denoting, or formed in the Karoo period
Word Origin for Karoo
C18: from Afrikaans karo, probably from Khoikhoi garo desert
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Scientific definitions for Karoo
A semiarid plateau. The most well-known karoos cover nearly 400,000 sq km (156,000 sq mi) of southern Africa. Karoos are terrace shaped and characterized by low scrub vegetation.
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