Definition of springbok in English:

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springbok

Pronunciation: /ˈsprɪŋbɒk/

noun

1 (South African also springbuck) A gazelle with a characteristic habit of leaping (pronking) when disturbed, forming large herds on plains in southern Africa.
  • Antidorcas marsupialis, family Bovidae.
Example sentences
  • 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.
2 (the Springboks) The South African international rugby union team.

Origin

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

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