[ wit-waw-terz-rand, -wot-erz- ]
/ ˈwɪtˌwɔ tərzˌrænd, -ˌwɒt ərz- /
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a rocky ridge in southern Africa, in the Republic of South Africa, near Johannesburg.
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Also called The Rand [thuh-rand] /ðə ˈrænd/ .
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British Dictionary definitions for Witwatersrand
/ (wɪtˈwɔːtəzˌrænd, Afrikaans vətˈvɑːtərsˈrant) /
a rocky ridge in NE South Africa: contains the richest gold deposits in the world, also coal and manganese; chief industrial centre is Johannesburg. Height: 1500–1800 m (5000–6000 ft)Also called: the Rand, the Reef
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