[ spring-bok ]
/ ˈsprɪŋˌbɒk /

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

1765–75; < Afrikaans. See spring, buck1
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British Dictionary definitions for springbok (1 of 2)


less commonly springbuck

/ (ˈsprɪŋˌbʌk) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for springbok (2 of 2)


/ (ˈsprɪŋˌbʌk, -ˌbɒk) /


a person who has represented South Africa at rugby union
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