kloof

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Dutch kloof (ravine) (South Africa).

Noun[edit]

kloof (plural kloofs)

  1. (South Africa) A deep glen or ravine.
    • 1901, William Thomas Black, The Fish River bush, South Africa, and its wild animals
      Forming the south boundary of the valley is a range of disrupted bushy hills, with intervening deep and rugged kloofs and ravines, which constituted the retreat of Jan Pockbaas and his rebel banditti.
    • 1948, Alan Paton, Cry, the Beloved Country, New York: Scribner, 1987, Chapter 1,
      The grass is rich and matted, you cannot see the soil. It holds the rain and the mist, and they seep into the ground, feeding the streams in every kloof.
    • 1978, André Brink, Rumours of Rain, Vintage 2000, p. 172:
      Occasionally the narrow dirt road rose above the mist on the slopes of the high round hills, from where one looked down on the silver clouds in the valleys and kloofs below, a magical, incredible sight.

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Afrikaans[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Dutch kloof.

Noun[edit]

kloof (plural klove)

  1. gap, split
  2. ravine, gorge, glen

Etymology 2[edit]

From Dutch kloven.

Verb[edit]

kloof (present kloof, present participle klovende, past participle gekloof)

  1. to split, to cleave

Dutch[edit]

Dutch Wikipedia has an article on:
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Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle Dutch clove, see klieven.

Noun[edit]

kloof f (plural kloven, diminutive kloofje n)

  1. gap, gorge, ravine
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Etymology 2[edit]

Non-lemma forms.

Verb[edit]

kloof

  1. first-person singular present indicative of kloven
  2. imperative of kloven

Verb[edit]

kloof

  1. singular past indicative of klieven

Verb[edit]

kloof

  1. singular past indicative of kluiven