vlei

noun \in sense 1 ˈf|lā or ˈv| or |lī or Afrik ˈfləi, in sense 2 ˈvlī or ˈflī\
variants: less commonly

vlaie

or

vly

\in sense 1 ˈf|lā or ˈv| or |lī or Afrik ˈfləi, in sense 2 ˈvlī or ˈflī\

Definition of vlei

plural

-s

  1. 1 less commonly vley southern Africa :  a marshy depression in which water collects in the wet season :  a temporary lake :  pan

  2. 2 North :  marsh

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Origin and Etymology of 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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