springbok

[spring-bok]
noun, plural spring·boks, (especially collectively) spring·bok.
  1. 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
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Examples from the Web for springbok

Historical Examples of springbok

  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for springbok

springbok

less commonly springbuck

noun plural -bok, -boks, -buck or -bucks
  1. 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

Springbok

noun
  1. a person who has represented South Africa at rugby union
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Word Origin and History for springbok
n.

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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