spring·​bok | \ ˈspriŋ-ˌbäk How to pronounce springbok (audio) \
plural springbok or springboks

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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Examples of springbok in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The chances of finding a springbok in the National Museum were about as strong as finding a beatnik on a bog road between Balleybofey and Lifford. Paul Muldoon, The New Yorker, 4 Oct. 2021 So a team of scientists from ETH Zurich in Switzerland and the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Germany have been playing around with a small quadrupedal robot called SpaceBok, designed to mimic an antelope known as a springbok. Matt Simon, Wired, 14 June 2021 True to its name, a real-life springbok bounces around the deserts of Africa, perhaps to confuse predators. Matt Simon, Wired, 14 June 2021 The point feet have a small surface area, kind of like the hoof of an actual springbok. Matt Simon, Wired, 14 June 2021 Three bongos, three giraffes, three red river hogs and a springbok housed in the barn were thought to be dead. Mike Rose, cleveland, 2 Dec. 2019 Three bongos, three giraffes, three red river hogs and a springbok were thought to be dead, fire officials said. SFChronicle.com, 29 Nov. 2019 Holly Hunt, the owner of African Safari Wildlife Park in Port Clinton, in Ottawa County along Lake Erie, said three bongos, three giraffes, three red river hogs and a springbok were killed in the fire in a barn used for overnight care and security. Alex Johnson, NBC News, 29 Nov. 2019 An official with the Danbury Township Police told CNN that three giraffes, three red river hogs, three bongos and a springbok had all been in the barn at the time of the fire. Helen Murphy, PEOPLE.com, 29 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of springbok

1776, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for springbok

Afrikaans, from spring to jump + bok male goat

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“Springbok.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/springbok. Accessed 29 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of springbok

: a small, very fast deer that lives in Africa

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