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veld

or veldt

[velt, felt]
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noun
  1. the open country, bearing grass, bushes, or shrubs, or thinly forested, characteristic of parts of southern Africa.
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Origin of veld

1795–1805; < Afrikaans < Dutch: field
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Related Words for veldt

grassland, pasture, prairie, plain, meadow, steppe, savanna, rug, carpet, lea, pasturage, heath, mead, veldt, field, range, llano, pampas, sward, campo

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Historical Examples of veldt

  • For with the fall of darkness and the larger silence of darkness, the veldt awoke.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • In all their magnificence they stalked abroad, lords of the veldt.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • They divide the veldt into a series of rough parallelograms.

    On the Heels of De Wet

    The Intelligence Officer

  • It is not fair to judge new troops on their first day on the veldt.

    On the Heels of De Wet

    The Intelligence Officer

  • The Dutch veldt may be a little more desolate than Birmingham.

    A Miscellany of Men

    G. K. Chesterton


British Dictionary definitions for veldt

veld

veldt

noun
  1. elevated open grassland in Southern AfricaSee also bushveld, highveld, renosterveld Compare pampas, prairie, steppe
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Word Origin for veld

C19: from Afrikaans, from earlier Dutch veldt field
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Word Origin and History for veldt

n.

South African grassland, 1785, from Afrikaans, from older Dutch veld "field;" related to English field (n.).

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veld

n.

1785, South African, from older Dutch veldt (see field (n.)).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

veldt in Science

veldt

  1. An extensive, treeless grassland of southern Africa.
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