One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A shallow natural pool of water.
- ‘Springs and vleis (shallow depressions) were also critical as water sources.’
- 1.1mass noun Low-lying, marshy ground, covered with water during the rainy season.
- ‘In 1854 the Town of Durban was a small settlement on a sandy plane surrounded by swamps (the eastern and western vlei's) and the bay.’
- ‘A second flank of the fire was burning towards Kommetjie, but fire fighters were optimistic that it would burn out in a nearby vlei, which stood between the fire's present position and the village.’
Afrikaans, from Dutch vallei ‘valley’.
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