Definition of Karoo in English:

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Pronunciation: /kəˈro͞o/
(also Karroo)
1An elevated semidesert plateau in South Africa.
1.1 (as noun a karoo) South African A tract of semidesert land.
Example sentences
  • The vulture also prefers open spaces, foraging over grassland, thornbush, macchia, karoo, desert, and other sparsely vegetated regions, while it avoids large forested areas.
  • In the succulent karoo, a desert habitat, males are permanently associated with social groups containing several communally breeding females and share their territory with these females.
  • The warm waters of the Indian Ocean are way down on your right, a verdant, forested mountain range to your left, separating the route from the karoo - the dry, almost treeless land of the interior.


From Khoikhoi, literally 'hard, dry'.

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Syllabification: Kar·oo

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