1850N.J. MerrimanCape Jrnls (1957) 135Retiring behind a koppie to pitch our tent.
1857Cape Monthly Mag.II. July 47The greenstone caps, locally known as kopjes, which form so marked a feature in the Karroo.
a1867C.J. AnderssonNotes of Trav. (1875) 200Ascended a small granite ‘Kopy’, or rocky eminence, in the neighbourhood.
1878T.J. LucasCamp Life & Sport 153The Kaffirs are now seen collecting on the hills...On one tall ‘copjie’ a group of mounted Kaffirs watch the course of the column.
1881P. GillmoreLand of Boer 244The stronghold of the Kaminyani is on a coppy, or hill, about eight hundred feet high, and probably a mile and a half in circumference at the base.
1883O.E.A. SchreinerStory of Afr. Farm (1960) 18The little cicada-like insects cried aloud among the stones of the kopje.
1895A.B. Balfour1200 Miles in Waggon 85One day we had a pretty view of low hills, and twice we have been near low kopjes (little hills).
1900F.D. BaillieMafeking Diary 142Incendiary Boer shells provided the kopje contingent with fireworks gratis.
1900R. Kipling inJ. Crwys-WilliamsS. Afr. Despatches (1989) 164Spiked koppies, heartbreaking to climb under a hot sun at four thousand feet above sea level.
1903E.F. KnightS. Afr. after War 54Rolling open spaces of veldt studded with high rugged kopjes.
1908M.C. BruceNew Tvl 3The karoo..under a new moon has its ugliness and barrenness changed as if by magic into soft browns and fawns, merging into the pink and purple of distant kopjes, which again are topped by sunset streaks of yellow.
a1920O. SchreinerFrom Man to Man (1926) 290You will creep on hands and knees over rough koppies.
1920R. JutaTavern 127When a giant was killed, he was buried just where he fell, a big mound was erected over him, and you see, that is why all over the veld there are little and big kopjes.
1935P. SmithPlatkops Children 74Always kopjes an’ stones an’ little brown bushes, an’ always when you got the top of one kopje there was another one in front of you jes’ ensackly like it.
1937W. De Koktr. ofE.N. Marais’s Soul of White Ant (1973) 68If the termitary is an old one and placed on tip of a dry kopje or hill, this passage descends to an incredible depth.
1947E.R. SearyS. Afr. Short StoriesGlossary, Kopjes, in the Karroo, are hillocks of stones, that rise up singly or in clusters, here and there; presenting sometimes the fantastic appearance of old ruined castles or giant graves.
1966F.G. ButlerS. of Zambesi 20Ironstone kopjies like dead volcanic islands rising purple and black from oceans of grass.
1987G. VineyCol. Houses 199Hard, rough, koppie quartzite, which he instructed eight local masons to quarry and dress to display its varied tints.
1988M. Urson inPersonality 6 June 60Their sturdy little dorp, nestling amid granite koppies and ridges.
1990W. SmithGolden Fox 226A flamboyant Karoo sunset lit the gaunt kopjes with a ruddy glow and set the clouds on fire.
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