laagte, leegte, noun

Forms:
Also lichter.
Plurals:
unchanged, or laagtes.
Origin:
AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, valley, low ground.
obsolescent
A low-lying plain or valley; a shallow dip or depression.
1868 J. Chapman Trav. I. 25We emerged on a sandy elevation or ‘buet’ [bult] overlooking an extensive undulation or leegte.
1887 A.A. Anderson 25 Yrs in Waggon II. 99There are many streams and laagte which intersect this extensive and swampy region.
1897 F. Macnab On Veldt & Farm 87There was a wide laagte which stretched right across the veldt through the centre of the native village of Genesa.
1897 Schulz & Hammar New Africa 188As far as I could see up the open laagte the ground was teeming with heavy game.
a1928 C. Fuller Louis Trigardt’s Trek (1932) 136Tall grass on the bults — not so thick as near the mountain — with the laagtes in between, for the most part, wet and boggy.
1937 S. Cloete Turning Wheels 14A herd of wildebeeste and zebra were grazing in a leegte.
1946 V. Pohl Adventures of Boer Family 68Dudley decided that..they should turn left..and take shelter in a laagte where they might easily shake off their pursuers in the dark.
1949 M. Leigh Cross of Fire 89On the laagte between ourselves and the main encampment other dim figures moved evenly.
1950 H.C. Bosman in L. Abrahams Bekkersdal Marathon (1971) 155He emerged from his cottage in the leegte that was all grown about with the thorniest kind of cactus.
1968 S. Stander Horse 63Two leopards, a male and a female, trotted down the easy slope of a three-mile-wide laagte.
1970 M. Van Rensburg Informant, Port Elizabeth (now Gqeberha), Eastern CapeLaagte. Low-lying part of even stretch of land.
A low-lying plain or valley; a shallow dip or depression.
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