Thirst, noun

Origin:
Shortened form of Thirstland.
obs.
a. An extensive arid region, stretching roughly from the Northern Transvaal through Botswana to eastern Namibia. b. Thirstland sense 1.
1887 A.A. Anderson 25 Yrs in Waggon I.Another part of the desert is thick bush, and very scarce of water in the dry season, and is a part of what is called thirst land (thirst) from the dryness of the country, and where the trek Boers suffered so much in their journey to the westward in 1877.
1892 Nicolls & Eglington Sportsman in S. Afr. 22In hunting game in the ‘thirst’ the cart..should be filled with water, and a start made the previous evening.
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 497Thirst or Thirst-land, (1) A large area nearly or quite devoid of water is so designated. (2) More definitely it is applied to the territory lying between Mafeking and Palapye in Bechuanaland, which has to depend chiefly upon pits for a very meagre supply of very poor water.
An extensive arid region, stretching roughly from the Northern Transvaal through Botswana to eastern Namibia.
Thirstland1.
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