spy hop

spyhop

[spahy-hop] Animal Behavior.
noun
1.
a.
a vertical half-rise out of the water performed by a whale in order to view the surroundings.
b.
a springing bounce in tall grasses performed by certain land mammals, as foxes and wolves, to view the surroundings.
verb (used without object), spyhopped, spyhopping.
2.
to perform such a rise or bounce.

Origin:
spy + hop1

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