One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A shallow depression or hollow in the ground with an impermeable clay base which holds water after rain.
watering hole, watering place, water hole, springView synonyms
- ‘Our sunset was a non-event, the sun obscured by low cloud, much to the disappointment of a couple of visitors who had carried tripods, huge lenses and other equipment out to the dry claypans (where some images show an expanse of water).’
- ‘They buried him near his camp, on the edge of a small claypan.’
- ‘The experiment was started to avoid overflow from the existing sewage ponds into the surrounding claypans.’
- ‘The terrain varied from dismal rows of dunes to baked claypan, rock-tiled wasteland to savage, waterless mountains.’
- ‘Otherwise it's all high and long sand ridges with claypans in between.’
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