Definitions

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  • n. A small hill or mound (especially on the African veld).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A hillock; a small kop, especially a small hill rising up from the African veld.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small hill.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a small hill rising up from the African veld

Etymologies

Afrikaans (1848) (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The cotton lands were dominated by a rocky, tree-and aloe-covered hill, which we referred to as a kopje but to me was really a small mountain.

    Rainbow’s End

  • The summit of the kopje was a plateau, all the sides being gradual slopes except the eastern, which was almost sheer, this latter being the side from which access had been gained.

    South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. 2 (of 6) From the Commencement of the War to the Battle of Colenso, 15th Dec. 1899

  • The central rendezvous beside the Newcastle road was well protected by a high rocky hill, which one can only call a kopje now.

    Ladysmith The Diary of a Siege

  • The first, which we may call the Fort, consists of a line of wall, in parts double, defending the more accessible parts of the eastern and south-eastern end of the hill or kopje, which is about 500 feet high, and breaks down on its southern side in a nearly vertical sheet of granite.

    Impressions of South Africa

  • The Boers subsequently succeeded in removing the piece during the night, although its descent from the kopje was a task of some serious labour and took two hours.

    History of the War in South Africa 1899-1902 v. 1 (of 4) Compiled by Direction of His Majesty's Government

  • At the Manharen, a peculiar kind of kopje, we halted, but had to retreat further towards evening.

    On Commando

  • Some mornings we stopped on a kopje and made a small fire and Dad fried up eggs and steak in an old pan and we washed them down with flask coffee.

    Rainbow’s End

  • It was there when I rode Charm alone through the tiger-spider-web-draped wilderness on the high kopje, where sometimes only a single bird sang, like a harbinger of doom.

    Rainbow’s End

  • We shall contest every river, every crossroads, every village, every town, and every kopje.

    Rainbow’s End

  • In the name of Anem this carl on the kopje in pelted thongs a parth a lone who the joebiggar be he?

    Finnegans Wake

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  • The interesting fact is that in Poland we have "kopjec", meaning the same.

    February 6, 2010