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

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vlei (plural vleis)

  1. (Southern Africa) A shallow wetland or minor lake, generally a seasonal one, or the lowland where such a wetland 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, published 1974, page 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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Etymology 1

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From Dutch vallei (valley).

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vlei (plural vleie)

  1. marsh, wetland, vlei

Etymology 2

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From Dutch vleien.

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

  1. flatter, coax, wheedle

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  • Rhymes: -ɛi̯

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vlei

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

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