EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From Afrikaans vlei, from vallei (valley). Doublet of valley.

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NounEdit

vlei (plural vleis)

  1. (Southern Africa) A shallow wetlands or minor lake, generally a seasonal one, or the lowland where such a wetlands appears seasonally.
    • 1861, Charles John Andersson, Lake Ngami, chapter XXV, page 301
      The country thereabout was a succession of vleys or gulleys, then filled with excellent clear water, teeming with water-fowl.
    • 1952, Doris Lessing, Martha Quest, Panther 1974, p. 59:
      She remembered the pleasurable warm smell of the cow droppings […] as if the four-divided stomachs of the great oxen were filled with nothing but concentrated memories of hours of grazing along the water heavy vleis.
    • 2010, Jeremiah Allen, Namibia (Other Places Travel Guide), page 199
      Although rare, it takes an unearthly amount of rain to fill the Tsauchab River and penetrate the dune area, bringing water into the vlei. During these rare times, the vlei takes on a life of its own, much different than in the absence of water []
  2. (US regional) A wetland or marsh.

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AfrikaansEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Dutch vallei (valley).

NounEdit

vlei (plural vleie)

  1. marsh, wetlands, vlei

Etymology 2Edit

From Dutch vleien.

VerbEdit

vlei (present vlei, present participle vleiende, past participle gevlei)

  1. flatter, coax, wheedle

DutchEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɛi̯

VerbEdit

vlei

  1. first-person singular present indicative of vleien
  2. imperative of vleien

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