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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Definitions for kloof

  1. (in South Africa) a deep glen; ravine.

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Citations for kloof
There are the sheer kloofs cut in the hills by the rushing rains of centuries, down which the rivers sparkle... H. Rider Haggard, King Solomon's Mines, 1885
Take any poor Tommy, out at his picket on the bare hillside or rocky kloof, either blistering in 104-degree heat or shivering under his waterproof sheet, and he could easily believe it so. Giles Foden, Ladysmith, 1999
Origin of kloof
1725-1735
Kloof came to English in the 1700s from the Dutch word meaning "cleft."