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spoor

[spoo r, spawr, spohr] /spʊər, spɔr, spoʊr/
noun
1.
a track or trail, especially that of a wild animal pursued as game.
verb (used with or without object)
2.
to track by or follow a spoor.
Origin of spoor
1815-1825
1815-25; < Afrikaans spoor < Dutch; cognate with Old English, Old Norse spor, German Spur; cf. speer
Related forms
spoorer, noun
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Historical Examples
  • Now they were casting about for a sign, like bloodhounds seeking the spoor of an enemy.

    Lords of the Stratosphere Arthur J. Burks
  • They continued to follow the "spoor" of the two hounds, left so plainly for their guidance.

    Pathfinder Alan Douglas
  • At the end of April the spoor of two foxes was seen in the snow.

    From Pole to Pole

    Sven Anders Hedin
  • They might discover the spoor of his horse, and come to him.

    The Giraffe Hunters Mayne Reid
  • Amongst other spoor, he was pleased to observe that of the hippopotamus.

    The Giraffe Hunters Mayne Reid
  • Do you think, Congo, we had better follow the spoor we made in coming here?

    The Giraffe Hunters Mayne Reid
  • The spoor of the giraffes must have been found and followed, or they would have been back before then.

    The Giraffe Hunters Mayne Reid
  • Moreover, they had passed within twelve hours; I could tell that by the spoor.

    Allan's Wife H. Rider Haggard
  • The spoor of the waggons ran in the direction I wished to go, so I followed it.

    Allan's Wife H. Rider Haggard
  • They struck the spoor of the waggons three days ago and followed it.

    Allan's Wife H. Rider Haggard
British Dictionary definitions for spoor

spoor

/spʊə; spɔː/
noun
1.
the trail of an animal or person, esp as discernible to the human eye
verb
2.
to track (an animal) by following its trail
Derived Forms
spoorer, noun
Word Origin
C19: from Afrikaans, from Middle Dutch spor; related to Old English spor track, Old High German spor; see spur
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Word Origin and History for spoor
n.

"track, trace," 1823, from Afrikaans spoor, from Middle Dutch spor, cognate with Old English spor "footprint, track, trace" (see spurn).

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