rondabel, rondawelShow more Also rondabel, rondawel, ronddavel, ronddawel, rondhavel, rondheuvel.
Afrikaans, Malay, PortugueseShow more Afrikaans rondawel, applied originally to an African hut; etymology unknown: perhaps from ronde round + wal wall (or rond + heuvel hillock); or from Afrikaans rond round + Malay dewala wall; or from Portuguese roda ring, wheel + vallo wall.
a.A traditional circular African dwelling with a conical (generally thatched) roof; transferred sense, a circular building (usually a single room) based on the design of an African hut but with additional features, used as guest-room, store-room, holiday cottage, etc. Also attributive, passing into adjective, and (occasionally) figurative.
a1875T. BainesJrnl of Res. (1964) II. 282Four thatched houses, a considerable number of huts — and rondheuvels, a kind of dwelling scarcely superior — and an immense kraal.
c1892J. Widdicombe14 Yrs in Basutoland 84Mr. Charles Bell had very kindly engaged a Mosuto..to build us a round hut, or rondavel, as the whites usually call it.
1900A.H. KeaneBoer States: Land & Peoplep.xviiiRondabel, ronddawel, a round hut..; is now an outhouse detached from the dwelling, and is used as a kitchen.
1910J. BuchanPrester John 37Inanda’s kraal was a cluster of kyas and rondavels, shaped in a half-moon.
1912W. WestrupLand of To-Morrow 82To one side were a couple of rondavels, or round sod huts, built in the native fashion and warmly thatched.
1922S.G. MillinAdam’s Rest 104‘Well, my idea is’ said Miriam, ‘to have rondavels. Four rondavels, joined together by a few feet of passage. Each rondavel a separate room with its own doors and windows. White, of course. And a thatched roof.’
1930N. StevensonFarmers of Lekkerbat 17The house..was thatched as the native rondawels were with veld grass.
1931Nat. Geog. Mag. Apr. 473A peaceful mountain camp, with its..group of rondavels, for that is what the Afrikaner calls his stone-walled thatched development of the native’s circular hut.
1937J. Stevenson-HamiltonS. Afr. Eden 16Many rondhavels, or improved native huts, had been built.
1948H.V. MortonIn Search of S. Afr. 123A rondavel is a type of hut peculiar to South Africa, a circular, thatched European version of the Kaffir hut, fitted with windows.
1948H.V. MortonIn Search of S. Afr. 230The rest camp at Hluhluwe stands upon the top of a hill. There are a number of circular white rondavels standing in lines upon grass, a welcome and cheering sight.
1948E. RosenthalAfr. Switzerland 16A quaint little rondavel, one of those circular huts of brick with a roof of thatch that tell by their very appearance how white men have copied them from the Bantu hut.
1950H. GibbsTwilight in S. Afr. 129Here you will see Native kraals for the first time, little villages of rondavels, mud and straw and dung, circular in shape, with thatched roofs and an occasional rusty piece of corrugated iron, weighted down by squashes.
1949L.G. GreenIn Land of Afternoon 156The peach-pip floor is still to be found on some farms. It takes thousands of pips to cover even a rondavel floor.
1960Filmer & JamesonUsutu 97I started to build two square-davels.
1965K. ThompsonRichard’s Way 38Jesse’s thatched rondavel bedroom..was still today exactly as it had been.
1967J.A. BrosterRed Blanket Valley 11The house, a small thatched cottage, consisted of two rondavels linked by a rectangular passage leading into a kitchen and bathroom. There were two outside rondavels; one was a hut used for visitors, and the other served as a dairy.
1975Ralls & GordonDaughter of Yesterday 19A huge mimosa tree,..so rounded inside as to form a ‘rondavel’.
1979M. MatshobaCall Me Not a Man 159Below them there were picturesque villages of perfectly circular, thatched rondavels whitewashed for about a foot just below the edges of the thatch and around the windows and doors.
1984E. MphahleleAfrika my Music 217Eastern Cape Africans build on the tops of hills, something you rarely if ever see in the Transvaal...These rondavel houses do not have wall enclosures like ours in the Transvaal.
1988S. Afr. Panorama May 14Accommodation for the hunter ranges from tents in the veld, to rustic lodges and luxurious rondavels, complete with air-conditioning, waiters and five-star cuisine.
1989Weekend Post 25 Nov. (Leisure) 7The veranda-ed rondavel shape of the building.
1990R. StengelJanuary Sun 39When Afrikaners first encountered the black tribes of the highveld, they were intrigued by their round, hive-shaped huts...The Afrikaners admired them and called them rondawels. In the 1930s, Life’s grandfather fashioned many rondavels and thatched roofs for white houses in town.
1991SettlerVol.65No.1, 3The Pondos live in east-facing rondavel huts. The grey mud walls are decorated with white around the doors and windows.
1992G. Templeton inWeekend Post 8 Feb. (Leisure) 4Each rondawel can accommodate two people comfortably and three at a pinch, but offers tranquillity disturbed only by the wind and sea.
A traditional circular African dwelling with a conical (generally thatched) roof; transferred sense, a circular building (usually a single room) based on the design of an African hut but with additional features, used as guest-room, store-room, holiday cottage, etc. Also attributive, passing into adjective, and (occasionally) figurative.
So (nonce) longdavel (see Farmer’s Weekly quot. 1971), and square-davel (see quotation 1960).
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