capriole

noun cap·ri·ole \ ˈka-prē-ˌōl \

Definition of capriole

1 :a playful leap :caper
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 and Etymology of capriole

Medieval French or Old Italian; Medieval 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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