Afrikaans, DutchShow more Afrikaans, transferred use of Dutch aar contracted form of ader vein.
An underground watercourse, often indicated on the surface by greener or stronger plant growth.
1872E.J. Dunn inA.M.L. RobinsonSel. Articles from Cape Monthly Mag. (1978) 40On the road..we are quite amazed at the number of ‘water aars’ that traverse the country in all directions — some marked by lines of bushes, others by low ridges of black rock.
1893H.A. BrydenGun & Camera 443Here in limestone formation they had, even in time of drought, a good water supply, which, by opening up fresh veins (‘aars,’ the Boers call them), they had largely augmented.
1906Education Gaz.Vol.6No.2, 28The farmers of the Karoo have long used differences of vegetation as surface indications of dolerite dykes or water aars.
1920F.C. CornellGlamour of Prospecting 74In the stone-strewn aars that are a feature of this country these little birds take advantage of their marvellous protective colouring.
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