ka·​roo | \ kə-ˈrü How to pronounce karoo (audio) \
variants: or karroo
plural karoos or karroos

Definition of karoo

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a dry tableland of southern Africa


geographical name
Ka·​roo | \ kə-ˈrü How to pronounce Karoo (audio) \
variants: or Karroo

Definition of Karoo (Entry 2 of 2)

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.

First Known Use of karoo


1789, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for karoo


Afrikaans karo, from Khoikhoi karo, karro hard, dry

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“Karoo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/karoo. Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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