A grassy or marshy wetland, some or all of which is covered with water during the rainy season.
Origin of vlei
Afrikaans from Dutch valleifrom Middle Dutch valleyefrom Old French valeevalley
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Vlei Sentence Examples
In general these rivers lose themselves in some vlei in the desert land.
From the south a number of streams, the Brak and Ongers, the Zak and Olifants Vlei (the two last uniting to form the Hartebeest), flow north towards the Orange in its middle course.
A large yellow tulip (Homerica pallida) is one of the most abundant flowers on moist vlei lands on the high veld and is occasionally met with in the low veld; slangkop (Urginea Burkei) with red bulbs like a beetroot is a low bush plant apparently restricted to the Transvaal and adjacent Portuguese territory.