platdak, noun

Origin:
AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, plat flat + dak roof.
A dwelling with a flat roof, often of corrugated iron. Also attributive.
[1896 M.A. Carey-Hobson At Home in Tvl 455The only alternative they had to the thatch was what they called a platt-huis, or flat-roofed house.]
1916 Farmer’s Weekly 27 Dec. 1585A ‘white man’s’ residence and ‘werf’ has sprung up in the veld. ‘Oom Koos’s’ old modest ‘platdak’, ‘dirty werf’, as well as his ‘pit’ (seedling) fruit trees are eclipsed.
1978 M. Tlali in Staffrider Vol.1 No.2, 55If I can’t get a proper builder to build me a house then I die in that zinc ‘platdak’ of mine.
1987 J. Barhill in Frontline Mar. 20I have a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Cashane hills..where the sun beats relentlessly down on the platdak dwellings which are devoid of design and everything else that makes living easy.
A dwelling with a flat roof, often of corrugated iron. Also attributive.

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