[spoo r, spawr, spohr]
- a track or trail, especially that of a wild animal pursued as game.
- to track by or follow a spoor.
Origin of spoor
1815–25; < Afrikaans spoor < Dutch; cognate with Old English, Old Norse spor, German Spur; cf. speer
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Examples from the Web for spoor
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
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.
Amongst other spoor, he was pleased to observe that of the hippopotamus.
- the trail of an animal or person, esp as discernible to the human eye
- to track (an animal) by following its trail
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
"track, trace," 1823, from Afrikaans spoor, from Middle Dutch spor, cognate with Old English spor "footprint, track, trace" (see spurn).
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