Definition of springbok in English:


Syllabification: spring·bok
Pronunciation: /ˈspriNGˌbäk


  • A gazelle with a characteristic habit of leaping (pronking) when disturbed, forming large herds on arid plains in southern Africa.
    • Antidorcas marsupialis, family Bovidae
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    • Afterwards, I sit on my terrace and watch what may be kudus, springboks or oryxes amble to the water hole.
    • We have impalas and springboks here at the zoo.
    • Young springbok leap across our path during a canter through light sand dotted with grassy tufts.


late 18th century: from Afrikaans, from Dutch springen 'to spring' + bok 'antelope'.

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