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veld

[velt, felt] /vɛlt, fɛlt/
noun
1.
the open country, bearing grass, bushes, or shrubs, or thinly forested, characteristic of parts of southern Africa.
Also, veldt.
Origin
1795-1805
1795-1805; < Afrikaans < Dutch: field
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British Dictionary definitions for veld

veld

/fɛlt; vɛlt/
noun
1.
elevated open grassland in Southern Africa See also bushveld, highveld, renosterveld Compare pampas, prairie, steppe
Word Origin
C19: from Afrikaans, from earlier Dutch veldtfield
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Word Origin and History for veld
n.

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

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veld in Science
veldt also veld
  (vělt, fělt)   
An extensive, treeless grassland of southern Africa.
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Encyclopedia Article for veld

name given to various types of open country in Southern Africa that is used for pasturage and farmland. To most South African farmers today the "veld" refers to the land they work, much of which has long since ceased to be "natural."

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