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hartebeest, adjective

Forms:
harbeest, hartbeesShow more Also harbeest, hartbees, hartbeest, hartbest, hartebeast, hartebees, hartebeeste, hartebeests, hartebeest’s.
Origin:
South African DutchShow more Calque formed on South African Dutch hardebies ‘hard reed’ (see hardbieshuis); but see also folk etymologies, quotations 1835 and 1844.
Usually in the collocations hartebeest house, hartebeest huis, hartebeest huisie /-heɪs(i)/, /-hœɪs(i)/, plural hartebeesthuise //, hartebeesthuisies [Afrikaans, huis house (+ -ie)], hartebeest hut, but also attributive (quotation 1871), and occasionally absolute (quotation 1976): designating a house, hut, temporary shelter, etc., of simple construction, usually consisting of an A-shaped thatched roof, sometimes with low reed or wattle-and-daub base walls; hardbieshuis. See also kapstylhuis.
1815 A. Plumptre tr. of H. Lichtenstein’s Trav. in Sn Afr. (1930) II. 95Not far from this wretched cabin stood a somewhat more spacious, but very ruinous straw hut, of the sosee quotationrt which is here called hartebeesthuisje.
1989 F.G. Butler Tales from Old Karoo 38I have all your pictures framed all round my hartbeeshuisie walls.
designating a house, hut, temporary shelter, etc., of simple construction, usually consisting of an A-shaped thatched roof, sometimes with low reed or wattle-and-daub base walls; hardbieshuis.

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