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bontveld, noun

Forms:
Formerly also bonte veld, bonte veldt.
Origin:
South African DutchShow more South African Dutch, bont see bont + veld open, undeveloped countryside.
rare
Savanna; flat, open grassland dotted with low-growing shrubs and trees. See also veld sense 3 c.
1835 C.L. Stretch Journal. 27 Apr.We were sadly harrassed by the broken ground which to use Jervis’s expression was ‘bonte veldt’ that is so thickly covered with mimosa that we felt the effects of his guidance on our shins and arms.
1986 H. Van Rensburg in S. Afr. Panorama May 29In those days the centre of what is now the City of Pretoria, was covered in trees. We called it the ‘bontveld’ (varicoloured veld). Clumps and groups of trees, with open spaces in between, gave to the whole the appearance of a park.
Savanna; flat, open grassland dotted with low-growing shrubs and trees.

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