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klipspringer

[klip-spring-er] /ˈklɪpˌsprɪŋ ər/
noun
1.
a small, agile African antelope, Oreotragus oreotragus, of mountainous regions from the Cape of Good Hope to Ethiopia.
Origin
1775-1785
1775-85; < Afrikaans: literally, rock-springer
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British Dictionary definitions for klipspringer

klipspringer

/ˈklɪpˌsprɪŋə/
noun
1.
a small agile antelope, Oreotragus oreotragus, inhabiting rocky regions of Africa south of the Sahara
Word Origin
C18: from Afrikaans, from Dutch klip rock (see cliff) + springer, from springen to spring
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Encyclopedia Article for klipspringer

((Oreotragus oreotragus), surefooted African antelope, family Bovidae (order Artiodactyla), inhabiting rocky heights north to Ethiopia and Nigeria. The klipspringer stands about 55 centimetres (22 inches) at the shoulder. It has a thick, coarse, grizzled coat of yellow and gray, and almost no tail. The male (sometimes the female also) carries straight, spikelike horns. The klipspringer stands on the tips of its blunt, rounded hooves and runs in a stilted, bouncing manner. An agile jumper, it is chamois-like in its ability to move quickly among precarious rocks

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