kopje

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See also: копје

English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

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]

  • IPA(key): /ˈkɔp.jə/
  • (file)

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]

kọ́pje n

  1. javelin

Inflection[edit]

Neuter, soft
nom. sing. kópje
gen. sing. kópja
singular dual plural
nominative kópje kópji kópja
accusative kópje kópji kópja
genitive kópja kópij kópij
dative kópju kópjema kópjem
locative kópju kópjih kópjih
instrumental kópjem kópjema kópji

Further reading[edit]

  • kopje”, in Slovarji Inštituta za slovenski jezik Frana Ramovša ZRC SAZU, portal Fran