Definition of klipspringer in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈklipˌspriNGər/


A small rock-dwelling antelope with a yellowish-gray coat, an arched back, and a stiff bouncing gait, native to southern Africa.
  • Oreotragus oreotragus, family Bovidae.
Example sentences
  • The Reserve is stocked with small game - blesbok, mountain reebok, duiker, klipspringer and steenbok, as well as the small creatures: mongoose, tortoise and genet.
  • In the hills are the nimble klipspringers which explore these hilly rocky outcrops.
  • Klipspringers and common jackals are also a regular sight on the plateau, and with luck you may even spot Walia ibex expertly balancing on the vertiginous rock ledges.


Late 18th century: from Afrikaans, from Dutch klip 'rock' + springer 'jumper'.

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Syllabification: klip·spring·er

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