Definition of spoor in English:

spoor

Syllabification: spoor
Pronunciation: /spo͝or, spô(ə)r
 
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noun

  • The track or scent of an animal: they searched around the hut for a spoor the trail is marked by wolf spoor
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    • As it was vanishing on the hill-tops, a group of enthusiasts preferred to forgo arguing and, grasping their spears, were soon busy tracking its spoor on the soft soil in the crevices among the boulders.
    • The spoor was fresher, and the side trails of the leopard's continued presence in the area told them they were approaching her lair.
    • On the windowsill, the pigeon is gone, but it has left its spoor.

verb

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  • Follow the track or scent of (an animal or person): taking the spear, he set off to spoor the man
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    • The three bulls, according to the natives, had been spoored into the dense patch of bush above the kloof.
    • But those who have spoored him across the country on his speaking engagements say he is a deeply moralistic man who feels strongly about principles and public conduct.
    • Game is spoored, stalked and watched under supervision of experienced guides.

Derivatives

spoorer

noun
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  • He soon became an expert spoorer and hunter of all types of game, especially antelope.
  • They were invaluable as guides, first-rate spoorers, had extraordinary knowledge of edible roots and herbs, and under almost any circumstances would not starve.

Origin

early 19th century: from Afrikaans, from Middle Dutch spor, of Germanic origin.

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