springbok

noun
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 Three bongos, three giraffes, three red river hogs and a springbok housed in the barn were thought to be dead. Mike Rose, cleveland, "First Year Cleveland receives $4.8 million to reduce infant mortality: The Wake up for Monday, Dec. 2, 2019," 2 Dec. 2019 Three bongos, three giraffes, three red river hogs and a springbok were thought to be dead, fire officials said. SFChronicle.com, "News of the Day From Around the Nation, Nov. 29," 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, "10 animals killed in fire at northern Ohio wildlife park," 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, "'Tragic' Fire Kills 10 Animals at a Safari Wildlife Park in Ohio: 'We Are All Grief-Stricken'," 29 Nov. 2019 Three giraffes, three red river hogs, three bongos (large forest antelope) and a springbok (a gazelle-like antelope) were inside a barn that was destroyed by the blaze, said the Danbury Township Police. Hollie Silverman, CNN, "The cause of a fire that killed 10 animals at an Ohio safari park is unknown," 29 Nov. 2019 Snap close-up shots of the resident cheetahs and baboons, and zoom out to photograph large herds of zebras and springbok. National Geographic, "Namibia Expedition: Desert Safari and Big Cat Conservation," 15 Sep. 2019 Snap close-up shots of the resident cheetahs and baboons, and zoom out to photograph large herds of zebras and springbok. National Geographic, "Namibia Expedition: Desert Safari and Big Cat Conservation," 15 Sep. 2019 Snap close-up shots of the resident cheetahs and baboons, and zoom out to photograph large herds of zebras and springbok. National Geographic, "Namibia Expedition: Desert Safari and Big Cat Conservation," 15 Sep. 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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The first known use of springbok was in 1776

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Last Updated

18 Dec 2019

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“Springbok.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/springbok. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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springbok

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English Language Learners Definition of springbok

: a small, very fast deer that lives in Africa

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