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[spring-bok] /ˈsprɪŋˌbɒk/
noun, plural springboks (especially collectively) springbok.
a gazelle, Antidorcas marsupialis, of southern Africa, noted for its habit of springing into the air when alarmed.
Origin of springbok
1765-75; < Afrikaans. See spring, buck1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It is nearly thirty feet wide, but that is nothing to a springbok.

    Allan's Wife H. Rider Haggard
  • We ourselves, however, preferred the more delicate meat of the springbok.

    Adventures in Africa W.H.G. Kingston
  • springbok, why, there must be thousands and thousands of them.

    The Mission; or Scenes in Africa Captain Frederick Marryat
  • The victims caught in these traps were chiefly eland, hartebeeste, and springbok.

    Basutoland Minnie Martin
  • Some of these, no doubt, referred to the springbok speculation.

  • Your rifle must follow the springbok when he jumps, and you get him at the top of his leap.

    Adventures in Swaziland Owen Rowe O'Neil
  • The springbok derives its name from the habit it has of leaping as it runs.

  • springbok: Being migratory, it is difficult to estimate their number.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life William T. Hornaday
  • He had been out hunting alone, and a springbok tied across the horse behind him showed that he had been successful.

    The Settler and the Savage R.M. Ballantyne
  • Rivers soon afterwards returned with a springbok behind him, but there was no appearance of Considine or Hans.

    The Settler and the Savage R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for springbok


noun (pl) -bok, -boks, -buck, -bucks
an antelope, Antidorcas marsupialis, of semidesert regions of southern Africa, which moves in leaps exposing a patch of white erectile hairs on the rump that are usually covered by a fold of skin
Word Origin
C18: from Afrikaans, from Dutch springen to spring + bok goat, buck1


/ˈsprɪŋˌbʌk; -ˌbɒk/
a person who has represented South Africa at rugby union
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for springbok

1775, from Afrikaans, from spring "to leap" (from Middle Dutch springhen, see spring (v.)) + bok "antelope," from Middle Dutch boc (see buck (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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