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  1. (in South Africa) a steep narrow mountain pass, usually following a river or stream
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Word Origin

C19: from Afrikaans, from Dutch: gateway; see port 4
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Historical Examples

  • Moreover, Lady, I was sure that you would reach the top of the poort.

    Benita, An African Romance

    H. Rider Haggard

  • She had been seen to pass the Morsch poort; then she disappeared.


    H. Rider Haggard

  • By the time the rocks which marked the entrance to the poort came into view it was already night.


    Bertram Mitford

  • The poort narrows very much, and the cliffs are not nearly so high.

  • A poort is a pass or defile as distinct from a kloof, which is a mere terminable ravine.