[ spring-hair ]
/ ˈsprɪŋˌhɛər /


a leaping and burrowing rodent, Pedetes capensis, native to southern Africa, having kangaroolike legs and long, pointed ears.

Origin of springhare

1815–25; translation of Afrikaans springhaas; see spring, hare
Also called jumping hare, spring·haas [spring-hahs] /ˈsprɪŋˌhɑs/.
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British Dictionary definitions for springhaas


/ (ˈsprɪŋˌhɑːs) /

noun plural -haas or -hase (-ˌhɑːzə)

a S and E African nocturnal rodent, Pedetes capensis, resembling a small kangaroo: family Pedetidae

Word Origin for springhaas

from Afrikaans: spring hare
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