DutchShow more Calque formed on Dutch vlakte, vlaktes plains.
a.The flats:Short for the Cape Flats, see Cape Flats.
1834W.H.B. WebsterNarr. 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.
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.
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