spoor

[spoor, spawr, spohr]
noun
1.
a track or trail, especially that of a wild animal pursued as game.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
2.
to track by or follow a spoor.

Origin:
1815–25; < Afrikaans spoor < Dutch; cognate with Old English, Old Norse spor, German Spur; cf. speer

spoorer, noun
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spoor (spʊə, spɔː)
 
n
1.  the trail of an animal or person, esp as discernible to the human eye
 
vb
2.  to track (an animal) by following its trail
 
[C19: from Afrikaans, from Middle Dutch spor; related to Old English spor track, Old High German spor; see spur]
 
'spoorer
 
n

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spoor
"track, trace," 1823, from Afrikaans spoor, from M.Du. spor, cognate with O.E. spor "footprint, track, trace" (see spurn).
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Example sentences
They are looking for their dinner and sooner or later they'll catch our spoor.
His traces and spoor and fingerprints are to be found all over the work of those whom he so strongly mentored.
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