spruit

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Afrikaans[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Dutch spruit. Cognate with English sprite, sprout.

Noun[edit]

spruit (plural spruite, diminutive spruitjie)

  1. (geography) stream or small river, river branch, especially used in toponyms

Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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Cognate with English sprite, sprout.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

spruit c (plural spruiten, diminutive spruitje n)

  1. (botany) A sprout, shoot, a branch-like part of a plant which grows from the rest
  2. A child, seen as a parent's offspring, usually said of a minor
    Vader's spruiten waren muisstil als hij verscheen, want de eerst spruit die piepte ging over de knie
    Father's offspring was eerily quit when he entered, for the first kid to squeek went over his knee.
  3. (construction) A style or beam which rests on another
  4. A branch of a plumbing pipe, rope etc.
  5. (geography) A small river, river branch, especially used in South African toponyms

Derived terms[edit]

Verb[edit]

spruit

  1. first-, second- and third-person singular present indicative of spruiten
  2. imperative of spruiten

References[edit]

  • M. J. Koenen & J. Endepols, Verklarend Handwoordenboek der Nederlandse Taal (tevens Vreemde-woordentolk), Groningen, Wolters-Noordhoff, 1969 (26th edition) [Dutch dictionary in Dutch]