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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Herds of springbok, drifting across far slopes, lifted their heads as one, poised for flight. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "Going Off-Grid in Namibia," 21 Dec. 2018 Herds of zebra and impala and kudu, springbok and steenbok and oryx graze on carpets of desert grasses. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "Going Off-Grid in Namibia," 21 Dec. 2018 Hoanib Valley Camp The camp sits on the banks of the Obias River, just outside the private Palmwag Concession — a conservancy area — and overlooks the Hoanib River that teems with elephants, giraffes, oryx and springbok. Erin Hill, PEOPLE.com, "A Royal Glamping Honeymoon? See Inside Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Reported Getaway," 10 Apr. 2018 Since 2003, Garry Osthoff, a professor at the University of the Free State in South Africa, has gathered milk samples from animals including gorillas, lions and springbok. Serena Solomon, New York Times, "Saving Koalas, and Other Marsupials, With Milk Almost as Good as Mom’s," 24 Feb. 2018 Facial white dots, beaded jewelry, and South Africa's stunning springbok accessories also appeared in group selfies of people that came out to enjoy the film with their own Wakandan tribe. Amira Rasool, Teen Vogue, ""Black Panther" Moviegoers Watched the Film Dressed in African-Inspired Fashions," 16 Feb. 2018 Herds of kudu, impala, zebras and springbok cautiously tiptoed to quench their thirst, mindful of the predators in the bush. charlotteobserver, "Mourning a friend, Charlotte man found healing – amid surreal African beauty," 27 Oct. 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of springbok

: a small, very fast deer that lives in Africa

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