springbok


spring·bok

noun \ˈspriŋ-ˌbäk\

: a small, very fast deer that lives in Africa

plural springbok or springboks

Full Definition of SPRINGBOK

:  a swift and graceful southern African gazelle (Antidorcas marsupialis) noted for its habit of springing lightly and suddenly into the air

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Origin of SPRINGBOK

Afrikaans, from spring to jump + bok male goat
First Known Use: 1775

springbok

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Springbok (Antidorcas marsupialis)—George Holton/Photo Researchers

Species of antelope (Antidorcas marsupialis), native to treeless plains of southern Africa, the national emblem of South Africa. It stands about 30 in. (80 cm) high at the shoulder, and both sexes have ringed, lyre-shaped horns. A fold of skin from midback to rump can be opened to display a crest of white hair. The reddish brown upper body has a broad horizontal dark-brown band on each side; the underparts, head, tail, and rump are white. When excited, the springbok, with head down, hooves bunched, and back arched, makes a series of stiff-legged, vertical leaps up to 12 ft (3.5 m) high, an action called pronking.

Variants of SPRINGBOK

springbok or springbuck

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