variants: or less commonly vlaie or vly \ in sense 1 ˈf|lā or ˈv| or |lī or Afrik ˈfləi , in sense 2 ˈvlī or ˈflī \
plural -s

Definition of vlei

1 or less commonly vley, southern Africa : a marshy depression in which water collects in the wet season : a temporary lake : pan
2 North : marsh

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History and Etymology for vlei

in sense 1, from Afrikaans vlei meadow, valley, vlei, from Middle Dutch valeye valley, field, from Old French valee; in sense 2, from obsolete Dutch dialect (Hudson valley) vlei, from Middle Dutch valeye

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“Vlei.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vlei. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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