Definition of Karoo in English:

Karoo

(also Karroo)

proper noun

  • 1An elevated semi-desert plateau in South Africa.

    1. 1.1karooSouth African as mass noun Semi-desert land like that of the Karoo.
      • ‘The warm waters of the Indian Ocean are way down on your right, a verdant, forested mountain range to your left, separating the route from the karoo - the dry, almost treeless land of the interior.’
      • ‘Acacia karroo may be found from the Western Cape through to Zambia and Angola.’
      • ‘Baking in the dusty karroo, the heirs to Hendrik Verwoerd - the man who gave apartheid its philosophical underpinning - stay true to their belief that each group should be allowed ‘self-determination.’’
      • ‘In the succulent karoo, a desert habitat, males are permanently associated with social groups containing several communally breeding females and share their territory with these females.’
      • ‘The vulture also prefers open spaces, foraging over grassland, thornbush, macchia, karoo, desert, and other sparsely vegetated regions, while it avoids large forested areas.’

Origin

From Khoikhoi, literally ‘hard, dry’.

Pronunciation

Karoo

/kəˈruː/