capriole

noun
cap·​ri·​ole | \ ˈka-prē-ˌōl How to pronounce capriole (audio) \

Definition of capriole

1 : a playful leap : caper
2 : a vertical leap by a trained horse that is made with a backward kick of the hind legs at the height of the leap

Other Words from capriole

capriole intransitive verb

First Known Use of capriole

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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“Capriole.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/capriole. Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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