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  1. a river in S Africa, in the Republic of South Africa, flowing SW from the Transvaal to the Orange River. 700 miles (1125 km) long.
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Examples from the Web for vaal

Historical Examples

  • On the 24th the Vaal was crossed, and on the 31st Roberts entered Johannesburg.

    Story of the War in South Africa

    Captain A. T. Mahan, U.S.N.

  • In May of that year there were about a hundred men at the diggings in the Vaal fields.

    The Mask

    Arthur Hornblow

  • We have travelled well, and cannot by my reckoning be far from the Vaal River.

    The Mission; or Scenes in Africa

    Captain Frederick Marryat

  • What, for instance, is meant by the territory to the north of the Vaal River?

    The Last Boer War

    H. Rider Haggard

  • The Vaal is of course the largest stream for irrigation in the north.

British Dictionary definitions for vaal


  1. a river in South Africa, rising in the Drakensberg and flowing west to join the Orange River. Length: 1160 km (720 miles)
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