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Karoo

[kuh-roo] /kəˈru/
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Karoo

/kəˈruː/
noun (often not capital) (pl) -roos
1.
any of several high arid plateaus in South Africa, esp the Central Karoo and the Little Karoo. The highveld, north of the Central Karoo, is sometimes called the Northern Karoo
2.
a period or rock system in Southern Africa equivalent to the period or system extending from the Upper Carboniferous to the Lower Jurassic: divided into Lower and Upper Karoo
adjective
3.
of, denoting, or formed in the Karoo period
Word Origin
C18: from Afrikaans karo, probably from Khoikhoi garo desert
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Word Origin and History for Karoo

karoo

n.

"barren table land in South Africa," 1789, said to be from a Hottentot word.

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Karoo in Science
karoo also karroo
  (kə-r')   
A semiarid plateau. The most well-known karoos cover nearly 400,000 sq km (156,000 sq mi) of southern Africa. Karoos are terrace shaped and characterized by low scrub vegetation.
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