springhaas

springhare

[spring-hair]
noun
a leaping and burrowing rodent, Pedetes capensis, native to southern Africa, having kangaroolike legs and long, pointed ears.
Also called jumping hare, springhaas [spring-hahs] .


Origin:
1815–25; translation of Afrikaans springhaas; see spring, hare

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springhaas (ˈsprɪŋˌhɑːs)
 
n , pl -haas, -hase
a S and E African nocturnal rodent, Pedetes capensis, resembling a small kangaroo: family Pedetidae
 
[from Afrikaans: spring hare]

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springhaas

a bipedal grazing rodent indigenous to Africa. About the size of a rabbit, the spring hare more closely resembles a giant jerboa in having a short round head, a thick muscular neck, very large eyes, and long, narrow upright ears. Like jerboas, it has short forelegs but long, powerful hind legs and feet used for jumping. Standing on its hind feet and using its tail as a brace, the spring hare moves in a series of short hops with its forefeet held close to the body. When alarmed, it travels quickly in erratic leaps of 2 to 3 metres (6.6 to 9.8 feet) until it reaches a burrow.

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