One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A steep-sided, wooded ravine or valley.
gorge, abyss, canyon, ravine, gully, gulf, pass, defile, couloir, crevasse, cleft, rift, rentView synonyms
- ‘They were, in fact, driven back up the kloof by the swarm, and one of them was badly stung.’
- ‘One can only marvel at the vision of Andrew Geddes Bain, South Africa's famous pioneer road builder, who laid out the road that threads its way through the kloof well over more than a century ago.’
Afrikaans, from Middle Dutch clove ‘cleft’.
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