rietdak, noun

Origin:
AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, riet reed + dak roof.
Architecture
In full rietdak ceiling: a ceiling of reeds (usually ‘Spanish reed’) laid over wooden beams, common in Cape colonial houses.
1984 Style JulyThe perhaps unlikely-sounding combination of patterned slip-covers..rietdak ceiling and inherited stinkwood.
1984 S. Afr. Panorama Jan. 33The upper loft, which was used as an extra bedroom and as a study. In the original building it had a rietdak (reed ceiling).
1985 Weekend Argus 1 Nov. (Suppl.)Rietdak ceiling in sitting room over Yellowwood beams. Completely renovated. Consisting of voorkamer, large dining room, [etc.].
1987 Personality 23 Dec. 68The spectre which haunts the 130 year-old farmhouse with its metre-thick walls and rietdak ceilings.
1987 G. Viney Col. Houses 18The Cape Dutch interior — modest farmhouse voorkamer with casement windows, tiled floor, rietdak ceiling, yellowwood furniture and the provebial welcoming cup of coffee or tea.
a ceiling of reeds (usually ‘Spanish reed’) laid over wooden beams, common in Cape colonial houses.
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