Southern African an area of low marshy ground, esp one that feeds a stream
Northern US dialect a marsh

Word Origin for vlei

C19: from Afrikaans (for sense 1); from obsolete N American Dutch dialect (for sense 2): valley
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Historical Examples of vlei

  • The vlei must be there; it was heart-breaking to be baffled in this way.

  • We had, somehow, no wish to bequeath to others the secret of the vlei.

  • Out of the vlei rushed the buffalo by dozens, every one of them making remarks in its own language as it came.

    Child of Storm

    H. Rider Haggard

  • The men in the vlei were knocked on the head with stones or knob-kerries, and a second disaster befell the Zulu army.

  • One is beside the Vlei near the Bavians Kloof; the other is in the thorn-bushes a mile from it.