strandveld, noun

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AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, strand coast, beach + veld terrain.
A name given to the coastal terrain near Bredasdorp, Western Cape, the southernmost point of Africa; hence, any coastal land characterized by loose, sandy soil and semi-succulent vegetation. Often attributive, passing into adjective.
1880 Trans. of S. Afr. Phil. Soc. I. iii. 196The variety is usually termed the ‘Strandveldt’ (sea-coast) locust.
1884 Layard & Sharpe Birds of S. Afr. 47Mr. John Van der Byl’s farm, Nacht-wacht, in the Strandveldt.
1887 S.W. Silver & Co.’s Handbk to S. Afr. 511Bredasdorp. A Division formerly included in the Division of Caledon...It lies along the coast E. of Caledon, in the country formerly called the Strandvelt.
1912 S. Afr. Agric. Jrnl July 35In the Bredasdorp district it (sc. lamziekte) occurs on the flats of the strand veld.
1953 Cape Times 3 Apr. 2Bredasdorp...Mr Hennie Geldenhuys has..killed two lynx which marauded farms in the strandveld area of the district in the summer.
1957 L.G. Green Beyond City Lights 224Swellendam’s forgotten world is the strandveld, the dune country down towards the sea.
1975 J.P.H. Acocks Veld Types 75Strandveld, The vegetation of the lower parts of the sandy western coastal plains...It has two variations: (a) A dense, dwarf semi-succulent scrub..; (b) the Strandveld proper, an open, semi-succulent scrub of fynbos form and intermediate between the Coastal Fynbos and the Succulent Karoo.
1975 W.M. Macmillan My S. Afr. Yrs 140There is a scrub- or strand-veld, and a rather more favourable belt of middle-velt below the Karoo escarpment.
1977 E. Prov. Herald 29 Nov. 13The reserve will provide for the preservation of wild life and vegetation, particularly of endangered types such as the strandveld and coastal macchia.
1985 Weekend Argus 30 Nov. (Suppl.) 6A private farm on the West Coast has opened three hiking trails through natural strandveld vegetation.
1987 T.F.J. Van Rensburg Intro. to Fynbos 14Strandveld includes a number of succulents and thorny plants and the soils on which strandveld and coastal rhenosterbosveld are formed are fertile, neutral to alkaline and sometimes somewhat brackish.
1990 Staffrider Vol.9 No.1, 84Enraged gale lording at ground level, come to pleat the strandveld — forcing brown shrubbery down into prayer.
A name given to the coastal terrain near Bredasdorp, Western Cape, the southernmost point of Africa; hence, any coastal land characterized by loose, sandy soil and semi-succulent vegetation. Often attributive, passing into adjective.

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