noun, plural spring·boks, (especially collectively) spring·bok.
a gazelle, Antidorcas marsupialis, of southern Africa, noted for its habit of springing into the air when alarmed.
Origin of springbok
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Historical Examples of springbok
It is nearly thirty feet wide, but that is nothing to a springbok.
We ourselves, however, preferred the more delicate meat of the springbok.
Springbok, why, there must be thousands and thousands of them.
The victims caught in these traps were chiefly eland, hartebeeste, and springbok.
Some of these, no doubt, referred to the Springbok speculation.
British Dictionary definitions for springbok
less commonly springbuck
noun plural -bok, -boks, -buck or -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 for springbok
C18: from Afrikaans, from Dutch springen to spring + bok goat, buck 1
a person who has represented South Africa at rugby union
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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.)).
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