1899Natal Agric. Jrnl 31 Mar. 3‘Spruit,’ meaning in Dutch to issue, and in South African Dutch stream or streamlet, has become a thoroughly accepted word in South African English.
1903E.F. KnightS. Afr. after War 274Most of the..crops had been destroyed by the drought, the spruits were dry, and there was no water in the dams of the deserted farms.
1911L. Knoblauch inFarmer’s Weekly 18 Oct. 194There existed across this flat from the mountain, a natural drain or spruit, which carried the drainage from the mountains directly into the River Zonder End stream.
1918C. GarstinSunshine Settlers 205We splashed across a sproot, that coursed like a dirty gutter.
1923G.H. NichollsBayete! 157All your spoors were plainly marked in the spruit bed.
1934B.I. BuchananPioneer Days 99The steady rain swelled all streams, so that spruits were converted into rivers, and rivers became torrents.
1942S. CloeteHill of Doves 51The water in the spruit was very low: lower, Stoffel had said yesterday, than he ever remembered it.
1961T. MacdonaldTvl Story 131Often, suddenly, you come across a spruit (with water even in winter).
1968S. CloeteChetoko 70A dry spruit ran across the road.
1974The 1820Vol.47No.2, 25He noticed the influence American and Australian diggers were having on that corner of Africa — where else in Africa are krantzes, spruits and dongas called anything else except in the Eastern Transvaal where a spruit had become a creek when there was water in it or a gulch when it was dry.
1991Best of S. Afr. Short Stories (Reader’s Digest Assoc.) 277There are many words for watercourses of varying size and flow...A spruit is a tributary feeding a larger stream, and for much of the year usually has a dry bed.
1867Blue Bk for Col. 1866 FF19The Stormberg Spruit and other streams abound in barbel, white, and yellow fish, which are excellent food.
1882C. Du ValWith Show through Sn Afr.I. 255By the evening we reached a tributary rivulet known as the Sand Spruit — a term usually applied to small watercourses running to river-beds. But ‘spruit’ as it was, we found about six feet of water in the drift.
1900W.S. ChurchillLondon to Ladysmith 413The iron bridge across the Onderbrook Spruit had to be crossed.
1903E.F. KnightS. Afr. after War 283The British position was a strong one, having the steep Selous Spruit on one side of it and a donga on the other.
1949O. WalkerProud Zulu (1951) 208From the hidden depression of the unseen Ulundi spruit rose a mass of Sibebu’s Mandhlokazi who came on firing raggedly.
1988O. OberholzerAriesfontein to ZuurfonteinThis idea came to me — a pictorial journey from Ariesfontein to Zuurfontein. Sure, I admit, it could have been place names ending in ‘spruit’ or ‘kraal’ or ‘berg’.
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