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or veldt

[velt, felt] /vɛlt, fɛlt/
the open country, bearing grass, bushes, or shrubs, or thinly forested, characteristic of parts of southern Africa.
Origin of veld
1795-1805; < Afrikaans < Dutch: field Unabridged
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  • Nobody living in those parts of South Africa nowadays can have the remotest idea of what the veldt was like even thirty years ago.

    Allan's Wife H. Rider Haggard
  • "Say, then, will you sit here on the veldt, or——" and he nodded towards the river.

    Allan's Wife H. Rider Haggard
  • The little safari for the third time crawled its antlike way across the immensities of the veldt.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • I wonder how much you minded when you heard your husband was lying dead on the veldt?

    The Hero William Somerset Maugham
  • Here are a clump of Highlanders, their workmanlike aprons in front, their keen faces burned black with months of the veldt.

    War's Brighter Side Julian Ralph.
  • I had for some months been trying to find gold or diamonds by digging holes in the veldt.

    Uncanny Tales Various
  • Some of these had leaped into the river, where they saw it was not of a depth to drown them, the rest running off over the veldt.

    The Vee-Boers Mayne Reid
  • But so long as my companion was with me I never lacked a home on the veldt.

    The Relief of Mafeking Filson Young
  • Strange that a few months of the veldt has produced exactly the same man that springs from the western prairie.

    War's Brighter Side Julian Ralph.
  • Because, if I hear it out on the veldt we can ride straight off to you.

    Charge! George Manville Fenn
British Dictionary definitions for veldt


/fɛlt; vɛlt/
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 veldt

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



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

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