a small, agile African antelope, Oreotragus oreotragus, of mountainous regions from the Cape of Good Hope to Ethiopia.

Origin of klipspringer

1775–85; < Afrikaans: literally, rock-springer
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Examples from the Web for klipspringer

Historical Examples of klipspringer

  • 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

  • They had made a sad mistake about the powers of that klipspringer.

  • It was Klaas beyond a doubt—Klaas who had killed the klipspringer.

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

British Dictionary definitions for klipspringer



a small agile antelope, Oreotragus oreotragus, inhabiting rocky regions of Africa south of the Sahara

Word Origin for klipspringer

C18: from Afrikaans, from Dutch klip rock (see cliff) + springer, from springen to spring
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