1866E.L. PriceJrnls (1956) 212He found the Matebele-refugees (women) making the floor of his fine new house — smearing it with [the] hard black earth of some antheap and then polishing it with smooth round stones in their own fashion.
1870C. HamiltonLife & Sport in S.-E. Afr. 219In many parts of the colony so numerous are the ant-heaps that it is difficult to go many places without meeting them.
1878T.J. LucasCamp Life & Sport 103I have seen on the frontier a large ant-heap converted into a series of ovens by scraping out holes at different points at the sides; the ant-heap is then heated in the usual way.
1882Lady F.C. DixieIn Land of Misfortune 34With a sudden floundering movement he toed the ground over a high ant-heap and came down with a heavy crash into a deep gully or pit.
1889‘A Housewife of the Colony’Col. Hsehold Guide 57Large ant-heaps are often scooped out in country parts, and make good ovens, a stone daubed around with earth, securing the door opening.
1943D. ReitzNo Outspan 116One morning I watched a bull elephant..rubbing the under part of his neck against one of those tall antheaps that stand over ten feet high.
1950D. ReedSomewhere S. of Suez 73We have received a position of equality and freedom, not only among the other States of the Empire but among the other nations of the world. Shall we now throw away all these advantages to get back to our old antheap?
1979S.H. SkaifeAfr. Insect Life 47The fortress homes of termites, the so-called ‘ant-heaps’, or termitaria, are a characteristic sight in Africa.
2.noncount.The fine soil and other material from an ant-hill, pulverized and used to make floors, tennis-courts, and other hard ground surfaces. Also attributive.See also daghanoun, misvloer (see mis sense 3).
1913C. PettmanAfricanderisms 31Ant-heap, The earth brought to the surface by the so-called white ants (Termites) is employed, under this designation, to floor rooms, tennis courts, etc. When properly prepared it gives a smooth, hard surface eminently suitable for such purposes.
1916L.D. FlemmingFool on Veld (1933) 88Hadn’t we spread a quarter of an inch of antheap over these stubborn deposits, watered and rolled it, and pretended that it was as beautiful a pitch as could be found?
1940F.B. YoungCity of Gold 21None of these three noticed Janse standing framed in the doorway, or heard his step on the ant-heap floor when he entered.
1952F.J. EdmonstoneWhere Mists Still Linger 11The womenfolk would thatch the hut with grass from the veld; then antheap, well watered and stamped down, was used for the floor.
1975Levick & Mullins‘Prep’ Story 23Two antheap tennis courts were made in the..garden.
1977F.G. ButlerKaroo Morning 67He surfaced it with ant-heap and old unbaked bricks, employing his children as draught animals to drag a six-foot section of railway line back and forth and to and fro, to level it.
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