suurveld, suurveldtShow more Also suurveld, suurveldt, zureveld, zureveldt, zuur-velden, zuure-velden, zuurfeldt, zuurveldt, and with initial capital.
South African DutchShow more South African Dutch, zuur unpalatable, sour + veld open, undeveloped countryside.
a.sourveld, see sour sense 2. Also attributive.b.The Zuurveld:A name given to the Albany area of the Eastern Cape.
1785G. Forstertr. ofA. Sparrman’s Voy. to Cape of G.H.I. 249What are termed by the colonists Zuurvelden or Sour-fields, are such as lie somewhat higher and cooler than the shore, and thus are better supplied with rain than the other plains.
1878T.J. LucasCamp Life & Sport 208The flats..are covered with a wiry kind of grass, called ‘Suur veldt’ (sour grass).
a1880W.G. Atherstone inS.W. Silver & Co.’s Handbk to S. Afr. 230Kruisfontein, belonging to Mr. John Atherstone, is..an unmitigated zuurfeldt farm, situated on a sandstone ridge. There is no limestone on the farm.
c1936S. & E. Afr. Yr Bk & Guide 179‘Zuurveld’ or ‘Sour Grass’ is found in many parts of the country, especially in areas of high rainfall.
1976A.R. WillcoxSn Land 156They could use certain areas for grazing only seasonally. These were termed by the Dutch Zuurveld which..means land producing grass that is sour i.e. unpalatable to stock, in winter, but good grazing in summer.
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