gebroken veld, noun phrase

Origin:
South African DutchShow more South African Dutch, gebroken ‘broken’, mixed + veld uncultivated vegetation (used as pasture).
mixed veld. Also occasionally a partial translation of broken veld.
1856 Cape of G.H. Almanac & Annual Register 291Orange Free State...The pasturage of these plains..is principally what is termed in the colony ‘gebroken veld,’ or a mixture of sour and sweet grass.
1896 R. Wallace Farming Indust. of Cape Col. 81The veld is familiarly classified into sweet.., sour.., and half and half (gebroken) veld, occupying an intermediate position in the matter of quality.
1896 R. Wallace Farming Indust. of Cape Col. 95 [see nenta sense 1].
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 182Gebroken veld,..Veld in which there is a mixture of sour and sweet grass, or of grass and Karoo herbage.
1975 W.J. Hugo in Std Encycl. of Sn Afr. XI. 171The Van Rooy sheep is found chiefly in the North-Western Cape, particularly in broken veld on the Orange River.
1988 P.E. Raper tr. of R.J. Gordon’s Cape Trav. 1777–86 I. 114The landscape [consists of] gebroken veld, friable, reddish clayey soil, generally a slightly inclining slope, many mouse-holes, ganna bushes, thorn bushes and mesembryanthemums.
mixed veld. Also occasionally a partial translation of broken veld.

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