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springbok

[spring-bok] /ˈsprɪŋˌbɒk/
noun, plural springboks (especially collectively) springbok.
1.
a gazelle, Antidorcas marsupialis, of southern Africa, noted for its habit of springing into the air when alarmed.
Origin
1765-1775
1765-75; < Afrikaans. See spring, buck1
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  • Gazelles and springbok are known for their speed and leaping abilities.
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springbok

/ˈsprɪŋˌbʌk/
noun (pl) -bok, -boks, -buck, -bucks
1.
an antelope, Antidorcas marsupialis, of semidesert regions of southern Africa, which moves in leaps exposing a patch of white erectile hairs on the rump that are usually covered by a fold of skin
Word Origin
C18: from Afrikaans, from Dutch springen to spring + bok goat, buck1

Springbok

/ˈsprɪŋˌbʌk; -ˌbɒk/
noun
1.
a person who has represented South Africa at rugby union
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Word Origin and History for springbok
n.

1775, from Afrikaans, from spring "to leap" (from Middle Dutch springhen, see spring (v.)) + bok "antelope," from Middle Dutch boc (see buck (n.)).

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