from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See karoo.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One of the dry table-lands of South Africa, which often rise terracelike to considerable elevations.
  • noun a vast plateau, in Cape Colony, stretching through five degrees of longitude, at an elevation of about 3,000 feet.

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  • noun Alternative form of karoo.


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  • Trees and taller woody shrubs are mostly restricted to watercourses, and include Acacia karroo, Diospyros lycioides, Grewia robusta, Rhus lancea, and Tamarix usneoides.

    Nama Karoo

  • The perennial rivers are important in providing corridors of productivity dominated by trees that are derived from the distant savannas, such as Acacia karroo.

    Succulent Karoo

  • Trees such as Acacia giraffe, A. karroo, Tamarix usneoides, Euclea pseudebenus, and Rhus lancea are found along the riverbeds throughout the ecoregion.

    Namibian savanna woodlands

  • He took no note of the country about him, as they passed from veldt to karroo, from karroo to the coast plateau, and from the coast plateau down across the Cape Flats, sparsely covered with pipe grass and acacias.

    On the Firing Line

  • Particularly in the rein he gave to his thoughts during nights spent in the solitude of the karroo, when the stars were almost the only things which he could look upon, their immensity the only companion worthy of himself.

    Cecil Rhodes Man and Empire-Maker

  • His cravat, of a lively green, patterned with yellow rockets, warred with his tallowy complexion; his drab-coloured hair hung in clumps; he was growing a beard that sprouted in reddish tufts from the tough hide of his jaws, leaving bare patches between, like the karroo.

    The Dop Doctor

  • Good-bye to the bronzed, ungirdled vastness of veld and karroo, and the clear, dark, distant blue of level-topped mountains bathed in the pure stimulating atmosphere that braces like champagne.

    The Dop Doctor

  • The other two black figures came hurrying over then, stumbling amongst the stones and karroo-bushes in their haste.

    The Dop Doctor

  • Involuntarily she gave the call of the Kaffir herd: the shrill, prolonged ululation that carries from spitzkop to spitzkop across the miles of karroo or high-grass veld between.

    The Dop Doctor

  • Again and again she fell, and each time she was jerked up and forced to run again upon her bleeding feet, leaving rags of her garments upon the karroo-bushes and blood-marks on the stones.

    The Dop Doctor


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