Bokkeveld, noun

Forms:
Bocke-veld, Boke-veldShow more Formerly also Bocke-veld, Boke-veld, Bokkeveldt, Bokveld, and with small initial.
Origin:
South African DutchShow more From Bokkeveld, name of region in the Western Cape, from South African Dutch, bokke combining form of bok goat, antelope + veld open, undeveloped countryside; see also veld sense 2 c.
Usually attributive, in combination, and in phrases: Bokkeveld bed, Bokkeveld Series, Bokkeveld times (Geology), designating a geological group of the Cape System comprised of alternating beds of shale and sandstone, situated in the valleys between the Cape fold-mountains, and dating from the Lower Devonian age; Bokkeveld Karoo, that part of the Karoo closest to the Bokkeveld (or Ceres district); see also Karoo sense 1 a and b.
Note:
The area known as the Bokkeveld is comprised of the Warm (Afrikaans Warme) Bokkeveld, the lower-lying basin surrounding the town of Ceres, and the Cold (Afrikaans Koue) Bokkeveld, the higher-lying area to the north of that town.
[1790 tr. of F. Le Vaillant’s Trav. II. 446I quitted Verkeerde Valey on the twenty-first, and was now entering into another country, the Boke-veld, (plain of spring-bok).]
1844 J. Backhouse Narr. of Visit 520Two of them, are said, some years ago, to have shot a white man on the Bokkeveld Karroo.
1896 R. Wallace Farming Indust. of Cape Col. 54The Bokkeveld beds rest conformably upon the coarse gritty sandstones of the Table Mountain sandstone series. They consist principally of soft micaceous deposits of various colours, abounding in fossil trilobites and other Devonian forms of extinct marine mollusca. Numerous Devonian fossils occur in argillaceous shales which rest on the Bokkeveld beds in the second belt of mountains.
1920 E.H.L. Schwarz Kalahari; or, Thirstland Redemption 41The rocks from which the sediments were derived were old sandstones and slates of the Table Mountain and Bokkeveld series.
1972 J.H. Wellington in Std Encycl. of Sn Afr. V. 163The Cape System comprises three main lithological units: the Table Mountain Series, the Bokkeveld and the Witteberg Series...In the Bokkeveld Series, which has a thickness of about 750 metres in the type area, the succession consists of 5 thicker shale beds alternating with 4 thinner sand-stones, the series forming most of the lower ground in the Cape topography.
1972 E.P. Plumstead in Std Encycl. of Sn Afr. V. 8Early Lycopodiales like Leptophloem..are found..in the upper Bokkeveld beds, especially near Grahamstown.
1976 A.R. Willcox Sn Land 43In Bokkeveld times (late Silurian or early Devonian) plant life crept ashore.
1988 Smuts & Alberts Forgotten Highway through Ceres & Bokkeveld 21To the north the circle is completed by the outlying hills of the Cold Bokkeveld, which are crossed..by a route..to that desert gate of the Bokkeveld Karoo well named Karoo Poort.
Bokkeveld bed, Bokkeveld Series, Bokkeveld times (Geology), designating a geological group of the Cape System comprised of alternating beds of shale and sandstone, situated in the valleys between the Cape fold-mountains, and dating from the Lower Devonian age; Bokkeveld Karoo, that part of the Karoo closest to the Bokkeveld (or Ceres district);
Derivatives:
Hence Bokkevelder noun, one from the Bokkeveld.
1957 L.G. Green Beyond City Lights 144Lichtenstein noted the strength and active habits of the Bokkevelders, and put it down to the healthy climate.

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