kuil, noun

Forms:
Also kuyl.
Plurals:
kuils, occasionally kuile /ˈkœɪlə/.
Origin:
Afrikaans, South African Dutch, DutchShow more Afrikaans, earlier South African Dutch, from Dutch, pit, hole.
obsolescent
1. A pool or water-hole. Also attributive.
1827 G. Thompson Trav. 425At length..we reached a spot..called the kuil or pit, where we found a small natural reservoir of tolerable water.
1966 C.A. Smith Common Names 261Kaainanblom,..Very common in most pools, kuile, dams, vleis and slow-flowing streams and rivers of the south west to the Transvaal.
2. combination
kuilgras /-xras/ [Afrikaans, gras grass], either of two grasses, Eragrostis plana or Diplachne fusca.
1931 E.P. Phillips S. Afr. Grasses 78 (Swart)Kuilgras,..A species of grass, Eragrostis plana, growing in the Fauresmith district is so called.
1966 C.A. Smith Common Names 316Kuilgras, Diplachne fusca...Eragrostis plana...Occurs in vleis where it is generally found fringing the deeper pools...The vernacular name for both species is derived from their occurrence in vleis.
A pool or water-hole. Also attributive.

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