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flats, plural noun

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Also with initial capital.
Origin:
DutchShow more Calque formed on Dutch vlakte, vlaktes plains.
a. The flats: Short for the Cape Flats, see Cape Flats.
1834 W.H.B. Webster Narr. of Voy. to Sn Atlantic Ocean 263The first few miles of the road the travelling was excellent, till we turned out into a dreary and barren sandy country called the Flats, which in some degree resemble the barren heath tracts of England.
1994 M. Roberts tr. of J.A. Wahlberg’s Trav. Jrnls 1838–56 9Afternoon out with the Dreyers on horseback to the Flats, where I saw the Secretary Bird for the first time in a wild state.
b. An extensive plain; used as an element in place names.
1837 N. Polson Subaltern’s Sick Leave 128North of the country of the Amakosa Kafirs is an immense extent of undulating downs styled the ‘Bontibok Flats,’ from the number of bonti or blesbok that are found there.
1989 P.E. Raper Dict. of Sn Afr. Place Names 102Committees Flats,..Between Breakfast Vlei and the Great Fish River.
Short for the Cape Flats, see Cape Flats.
An extensive plain; used as an element in place names.

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