Thirstland, noun phrase

Forms:
Also with small initial.
Origin:
AfrikaansShow more Translation of Afrikaans Dorsland, see Dorsland.
1. Any large arid area or desert; Thirst sense b. Also figurative.
1892 Nicolls & Eglington Sportsman in S. Afr. 22The chief drawback attending the hunting of the Giraffe, Eland, and Gemsbuck is the difficulty of watering the shooting horses regularly in the thirst-lands frequented by these animals.
1989 Sunday Times 5 Nov. 22Namibia is not the sort of territory that lends itself to social engineering...From Ondangua in the north to Warmbad in the south, it is one of the most bleak and inhospitable pieces of real estate in the world...Grand election promises and high sounding ideologies do not wash in the thirstland.
2. In historical contexts. Attributive and in combinations :
Thirstland Boer or Thirstland pioneer, Dorsland trekker (see Dorsland);
Thirstland Trek, Dorsland Trek (see Dorsland);
Thirstland Trekker, Dorsland Trekker (see Dorsland).
1936 E. Rosenthal Old-Time Survivals 23For persons wishing to to study the pioneer in his least ‘modernised’ environment, a visit to the descendants of the ‘Thirstland Boers’ can be recommended.
1987 D. Haarhoff in Eng. Academy Rev. Vol.4 27Oorlog was connected to the black van der Merwe’s who accompanied the Thirstland trekkers into Angola.
Any large arid area or desert; Thirstb. Also figurative.

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