Definition of springbok in English:

springbok

Line breaks: spring|bok
Pronunciation: /ˈsprɪŋbɒk
 
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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
    More 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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