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klipspringer

[klip-spring-er] /ˈklɪpˌsprɪŋ ər/
noun
1.
a small, agile African antelope, Oreotragus oreotragus, of mountainous regions from the Cape of Good Hope to Ethiopia.
Origin of klipspringer
1775-1785
1775-85; < Afrikaans: literally, rock-springer
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Historical Examples
  • For instance, there's the oribi and the dik-dik, to say nothing of the steinbuck and the klipspringer.

    In Africa

    John T. McCutcheon
  • He dashed through the stream and ran up the shelf like a klipspringer after me.

    Prester John John Buchan
  • One of the most characteristic points about the klipspringer is the formation of its hoofs.

    The Young Yagers Mayne Reid
  • They had made a sad mistake about the powers of that klipspringer.

    The Young Yagers Mayne Reid
  • It was Klaas beyond a doubt—Klaas who had killed the klipspringer.

    The Young Yagers Mayne Reid
  • His companion instantly bounded off up the mountains as fast and as active as a klipspringer.

  • With the nimbleness of a klipspringer, Hendrik bounded to one side, and ran back along the ledge, looking fearfully behind him.

    The Young Yagers Mayne Reid
  • Hence, the killing of a klipspringer is regarded in the light of a feat, and its little horns are by no means an ordinary trophy.

    The Young Yagers Mayne Reid
  • It was a small antelope, just about the size of the klipspringer, and with little erect horns four inches in length.

    The Young Yagers Mayne Reid
  • I had just crossed it where the path dipped, when, looking up, there stood a klipspringer gazing at me.

    A Frontier Mystery Bertram Mitford
British Dictionary definitions for klipspringer

klipspringer

/ˈklɪpˌsprɪŋə/
noun
1.
a small agile antelope, Oreotragus oreotragus, inhabiting rocky regions of Africa south of the Sahara
Word Origin
C18: from Afrikaans, from Dutch klip rock (see cliff) + springer, from springen to spring
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