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See Karroo.


also kar·roo (kə-ro͞o′)
n. pl. ka·roos also kar·roos
An arid plateau of southern Africa.

[Afrikaans, from Nama !garo-b, veld, grazing land.]
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(kəˈruː) or


n (often not capital) , pl -roos
1. (Placename) any of several high arid plateaus in South Africa, esp the Central Karoo and the Little Karoo. The highveld, north of the Central Karoo, is sometimes called the Northern Karoo
2. (Geological Science) a period or rock system in Southern Africa equivalent to the period or system extending from the Upper Carboniferous to the Lower Jurassic: divided into Lower and Upper Karoo
(Geological Science) of, denoting, or formed in the Karoo period
[C18: from Afrikaans karo, probably from Khoikhoi garo desert]
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Just below our encampment flowed a little stream, on the farther side of which is a stony slope, the same down which, twenty years before, I had seen poor Silvestre creeping back after his attempt to reach Solomon's Mines, and beyond that slope begins the waterless desert, covered with a species of karoo shrub.
But to my mind the chances of our finding it in that great sea of sand and karoo scrub seemed almost infinitesimal.
"I have it," said Good, "we must dig a hole, get in it, and cover ourselves with the karoo bushes."
A group of geochemists from Finland and Mozambique suggests they have found the smoking gun in the Karoo magma province.
Area A includes the Metropolitan and Local Municipality of Bergrivier, Breede Valley, Buffalo City, Cape Agulhas, Cederberg, City of Cape Town, City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality, City of Tshwane, Drakenstein, Ekurhuleni, Emalahleni, Emfuleni, Ethekwini Metropolitan Unicity, Gamagara, George, Hibiscus Coast, Karoo Hoogland, Kgatelopele, //Khara Hais, Knysna, Kungwini, Kouga, Hessequa Local Authority, Lesedi, Makana, Mangaung, Matzikama, Metsimaholo, Middelburg (Mpumalanga), Midvaal, Mngeni, Mogale, Mosselbaai, Msunduzi, Mtubatuba, Nama Khoi, Nelson Mandela, Nokeng tsa Taemane, Oudtshoorn, Overstrand, Plettenbergbaai, Potchefstroom, Randfontein, Richtersveld, Saldanha Bay, Sol Plaatjie, Stellenbosch, Swartland, Swellendam, Theewaterskloof, Umdoni, uMhlathuze and Witzenberg.
The confirmed results show lower than expected values in altered Karoo sediments in both holes, though chief executive Michael Foster believes there are technical reasons for the company to be hopeful.
MANSEHRA -- Four members of a family including two brothers were killed and three others suffered critical injuries when a car plunged into a deep ravine near Karoo Choki area of Lower Kohistan.
In her first performance, Saira Peter sang 'Suunway Balori Ankh Walia' and 'Wada Karoo Sajna' and got a big applause from the audience.
According to Two-a-Day Group managing director, Attie van Zyl, more than 80 per cent of the growers voted to contribute a per-carton amount towards the most needy of growers in the Karoo area of the Greater Western Cape, where the drought's impact was felt most severely.
Its overnight Trans Karoo service from Jo'burg Cape Town, taking just over a whole day, is priced at a fraction of the Blue Train - the luxury sleeper which offers the same route.
Further commenting on the curse of dowry, she said that ' I really appreciate the country wide campaign of 'Jhaiz Khori Band Karoo' and it is our collective responsibility to discourage and get rid from this evil menace'.
Registered care manager Marc Karoo said: "The dedication, commitment and hard work from all of our staff has really paid off.