kloof

[ kloof ]

noun
  1. (in South Africa) a deep glen; ravine.

Origin of kloof

1
1725–35; <Afrikaans; akin to cleave2

Words Nearby kloof

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How to use kloof in a sentence

  • The houses seemed to be tumbling over one another in a "kloof."

  • Nor was there any in the carrying it out; for, as with the camp in the kloof, all were now eager to move away from this one.

    The Vee-Boers | Mayne Reid
  • Most of the effects intended for removal had been got down on the second day, the waggons alone remaining in the kloof.

    The Vee-Boers | Mayne Reid
  • A dense cloud of dust is rolling down the kloof, and through it can be seen a forest of bristling horns, a sea of rolling eyes.

    The Luck of Gerard Ridgeley | Bertram Mitford
  • So they turned inland and rode towards that very kloof where years before Suzanne had discovered the shipwrecked boy.

    Swallow | H. Rider Haggard

British Dictionary definitions for kloof

kloof

/ (kluːf) /


noun
  1. a mountain pass or gorge in southern Africa

Origin of kloof

1
C18: from Afrikaans, from Middle Dutch clove a cleft; see cleave 1

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