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capriole

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noun cap·ri·ole \ˈka-prē-ˌōl\

Definition of capriole

  1. 1 :  a playful leap :  caper

  2. 2 of a trained horse :  a vertical leap with a backward kick of the hind legs at the height of the leap

capriole intransitive verb


Origin of capriole

Middle French or Old Italian; Middle French capriole, from Old Italian capriola, from capriolo roebuck, from Latin capreolus goat, roebuck, from capr-, caper he-goat; akin to Old English hæfer goat, Greek kapros wild boar


First Known Use: 1594


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