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[sproot, spreyt]
  1. (in southern Africa) a small stream.
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Origin of spruit

1860–65; < Afrikaans < Dutch spruit sprout
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Examples from the Web for spruit

Historical Examples of spruit

  • We retired back just behind Modder's Spruit Station and rested there.

    Impressions of a War Correspondent

    George Lynch

  • It was the same with those in the spruit as inside the kraal where I sat.

  • We moved on to the spruit and were shot at by Mausers from our right flank.

  • The only things that seem to "spruit" in them are cobble-stones and rattle-snakes.

  • You arrived at a farmhouse and asked leave to outspan by the spruit.

British Dictionary definitions for spruit


  1. Southern African a small tributary stream or watercourse
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Word Origin for spruit

Afrikaans spruit offshoot, tributary
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