Klipspringer

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Klipspringer (Zoöl) A small, graceful South African antelope (Nanotragus oreotragus), which, like the chamois, springs from one crag to another with great agility; -- called also kainsi.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n klipspringer A pygmyantelope of South Africa, Oreotragus saltatrix or Nanotragus oreotragus, inhabiting the rocky fastnesses of the Cape. It is agile and sure-footed like the chamois, which it resembles inhabits. It stands about 28 inches high, and the male has small horns about 4 inches long. The flesh is esteemed for food, and the long bristly hair is much used for stuffing saddles.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Klipspringer klip′spring-ėr a small South African antelope.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
D., lit., cliff springer

Usage

In literature:

He dashed through the stream and ran up the shelf like a klipspringer after me.
"Prester John" by John Buchan
His companion instantly bounded off up the mountains as fast and as active as a klipspringer.
"The White Chief of the Caffres" by A.W. Drayson
An odd reebok or klipspringer is about all you'd get.
"A Frontier Mystery" by Bertram Mitford
With the nimbleness of a klipspringer, Hendrik bounded to one side, and ran back along the ledge, looking fearfully behind him.
"The Young Yagers" by Mayne Reid
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