Definition of springhare in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsprɪŋhɛː/
(also springhaas /ˈsprɪŋhɑːs/)

noun (plural springhares or springhaas)

A large nocturnal burrowing rodent resembling a miniature kangaroo, with a rabbit-like head, a long bushy tail, and long hindlimbs, native to southern Africa.
  • Pedetes capensis, the only member of the family Pedetidae
Example sentences
  • The springhaas, the only member of this family, is a peculiar, large, rabbit- or kangaroo-like rodent inhabiting arid lands of southern Africa.
  • If you go on a night drive you'd be most unlucky not to see the glinting eyes of springhares which, despite their resemblance to rabbit-sized kangaroos, are in fact true rodents.
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