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.
[a1873 J. Burrow Trav. in Wilds of Afr. (1971) 76This place is called the ‘Kuyl’ (hole) from an extraordinary pit several feet deep.]
1911 Farmer’s Weekly 18 Oct. 194Some large cattle farmers..held that cattle drinking the running river water never took lamziekte, whilst those animals drinking shallow kuil water frequently did.
1916 Farmer’s Weekly 20 Dec. 1455For Immediate Sale — Four miles from Devon, Transvaal — about 800 morgen grand grazing and arable land — nine paddocks, kuils, dam, spring borehole and windmill.
1925 P. Smith Little Karoo (1936) 174Every kuil or water-hole they passed was dry, and near every kuil were the skeletons of donkeys and sheep which had come there but to perish of their thirst.
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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