kopje

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From (South African) Dutch kopje, diminutive of kop (head).

Noun[edit]

kopje (plural kopjes)

  1. (South Africa) A small hill or mound (especially on the African veld).
    • 1883, Olive Schreiner, The Story of an African Farm, New York: H.M. Caldwell & Co., 2nd edition, Part I, Chapter 1, p. 9,[1]
      In one spot only was the solemn monotony of the plain broken. Near the center a small solitary “kopje” rose. Alone it lay there, a heap of round ironstones piled one upon the other, as over some giant’s grave.
    • 1901, H. G. Wells, The First Men in the Moon, Chapter 9,[2]
      We selected a lichenous kopje perhaps fifteen yards away, and landed neatly on its summit one after the other.
    • 1952, Doris Lessing, Martha Quest, Panther 1974, p. 8:
      Martha looked over a mile or so of bush to a strip of pink ploughed land; […] and then, ridge after ridge, fold after fold, the bush stretched to a line of blue kopjes.
    • 1978, André Brink, Rumours of Rain, Vintage 2000, p. 72:
      On the koppie behind the village, the unsightly red-and-white skeleton of an FM tower.

References[edit]

  • Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary: Tenth Edition (1997)

Afrikaans[edit]

Noun[edit]

kopje (plural kopjes)

  1. (archaic) Alternative form of koppie

Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

kopje n (plural kopjes)

  1. Diminutive of kop
  2. cup

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Slovene[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Slavic *kopьje.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

kópje n (genitive kópja, nominative plural kópja)

  1. javelin

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