springbok

[ spring-bok ]
/ ˈsprɪŋˌbɒk /
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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)

springbok

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)

Springbok

/ (ˈsprɪŋˌbʌk, -ˌbɒk) /

noun

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

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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