capriole

[kap-ree-ohl]
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noun
  1. a caper or leap.
  2. Manège. a movement in which the horse jumps up with its forelegs well drawn in, kicks out with its hind legs in a horizontal position in the air, and then lands again on the same spot.
verb (used without object), cap·ri·oled, cap·ri·ol·ing.
  1. to execute a capriole.

Origin of capriole

1570–80; < Middle French < Italian capriola, noun derivative of capriolare to leap, caper, verbal derivative of capri(u)olo roebuck < Latin capreolus, equivalent to capre(a) roe deer (derivative of caper male goat; cf. caper1) + -olus -ole1
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capriole

noun
  1. dressage a high upward but not forward leap made by a horse with all four feet off the ground
  2. dancing a leap from bent knees
verb
  1. (intr) to perform a capriole

Word Origin for capriole

C16: from French, from Old Italian capriola, from capriolo roebuck, from Latin capreolus, caper goat
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