karoo

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noun ka·roo \ kə-ˈrü \
variants: or karroo

Definition of karoo

plural karoos or karroos
:a dry tableland of southern Africa

Origin and Etymology of karoo

Afrikaans karo, from Khoikhoi karo, karro hard, dry


Karoo

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geographical name Ka·roo \ kə-ˈrü \
variants: or Karroo

Definition of Karoo

plateau region of the western part of the Republic of South Africa west of the Drakensberg Mountains
Note: The Karoo region is divided into the Little Karoo in the central Western Cape province , the Great Karoo in the Western Cape and Eastern Cape provinces , and the Northern Karoo in the Northern Cape, Free State, and North West provinces.

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