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ka·rooalso 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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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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