One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounmass nounSouth African
Land characterized by dry, sandy soil.
- ‘It is a place of great contrasts from the arid salt pans, sandveld and scrub of the Kalahari desert to the huge water wilderness of the Okovango Delta.’
- ‘Burning enables growing of crops in three difficult environments: acid soils, strongly leached soils of the rainforest zone and highly weathered plateau sandveld soils of the savannas.’
- ‘Livestock should be relocated from the delta to the sandveld, the report recommends.’
- ‘As Wilson remarks, ‘re-establishment of woodland on properly de-stumped sandveld was notoriously bad.’’
Afrikaans, from Dutch zand ‘sand’ + veld ‘terrain’.
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