1832Graham’s Town Jrnl 24 Aug. 1351 red and White Cow,..1 red schimmel Horse, sore back, 1 blue schimmel Mare.
1877C. Andrews Reminiscences of Kafir War 1834–5. 5We observed several horses grazing, in charge of a coloured boy riding a very nice red schimmel horse.
1877T. BainesGold Regions of S.-E. Afr. 66A ‘blaauw-schimmel paard’ is a dappled grey, and others are distinguished as red or brown, according to their colour.
1910J. BuchanPrester John 99An Afrikander stallion of the blaauw-schimmel, or blue-roan type.
1920F.C. CornellGlamour of Prospecting 320One of the natives had a horse I greatly coveted. It was nothing to look at, a shabby-looking little blue roan (blaauw schimmel) pony of about 14.2, but a perfect marvel for endurance..and capable apparently of living on stones.
1958A. JacksonTrader on Veld 32He specialized in ‘rooi schimmel’ (roan) and yellow horses.
1976O. LevinsonStory of Namibia 45The story goes that Franke, who usually rode a ‘Schimmel’ or white horse, went off to reconnoitre upon his arrival at Omaruru.
2.figurative.In the special collocation skimmel day [partial translation of Afrikaans skimmeldag], see quotation.
1877T. BainesGold Regions of S.-E. Afr. 66I may as well explain that schimmel means mottled or dappled. Schimmel day is when the light clouds begin to be dappled with the tints of early dawn, but the word is generally used to imply the time of dawn, even though there are no clouds.
B.nounA grey, roan, or dappled horse. Also with defining words, as at sense A 1.
1849E.D.H.E. NapierExcursions in Sn Afr.I. 295I was as brusquely informed, that if I wanted to purchase the ‘schimmel’ (roan), I must return in the evening.
1882C. Du ValWith Show through Sn Afr.I. 163We stayed two nights at Port Alfred, and on the second of these I bought another horse — a ‘rooi schimmel’ (red roan).
1899Natal Agric. Jrnl 31 Mar. 4‘Schimmel,’ a roan horse, although in Dictionary Dutch it means a grey horse.
1899‘S. Erasmus’Prinsloo 30Who should ride up on Piet’s own blue schimmel but ‘Scotty’ himself.
1899A. WernerCaptain of Locusts 57My schimmel was quite fresh still — I gave him a cut over the flanks and let him out to do his best.
1905Blackwood’s Mag. (U.K.) Sept. 393Saddle the blue schimmel and ride hard after Baas Hartley.
1910J. BuchanPrester John 182The shock of my entering the saddle made the schimmel fling up his head violently, and the rope snapped.
1931V. SampsonKom Binne 146They were fine animals, red roans, known as rooi-schimmel, the most hardy of horses for South African conditions, ponies in activity and endurance, hackneys in size, bone and make.
1939S. CloeteWatch for Dawn 152Petrus clung to the mane of his skimmel, riding with his head bent.
1955L.G. GreenKaroo 79Riding his little roan skimmel from Colesberg to Cape Town..in less than six days.
1971Farmer’s Weekly 12 Mar. 104Stud comprises some 20 animals including 8 tip-top Mares, 6 Fillies, etc., plus Vonk the sire (skimmel) who is producing true to type.
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