springbuck

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n springbuck a South African gazelle noted for springing lightly into the air
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Springbuck (Zoöl) A South African gazelle (Gazella euchore) noted for its graceful form and swiftness, and for its peculiar habit of springing lightly and suddenly into the air. It has a white dorsal stripe, expanding into a broad patch of white on the rump and tail. Called also springer.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
D. springbok,; springen, to spring, leap + bok, a he-goat, buck

Usage

In literature:

The springbuck, feeding on the flats where Modder River runs, Were startled by his horses' hoofs, the rumble of his guns.
"Rio Grande's Last Race and Other Verses" by Andrew Barton 'Banjo' Paterson
Before we came to the Orange River we saw the last portion of a migration of springbucks ('Gazella euchore', or tsepe).
"Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa" by David Livingstone
Can I shoot an elephant backwards over my shoulder with a rifle meant for springbuck?
"The Ivory Child" by H. Rider Haggard
It was a very pleasant room, furnished in European style, and carpeted with mats made of springbuck skins.
"Jess" by H. Rider Haggard
Of all the South African antelopes, perhaps none is more known and admired than the Spring-boc (springbuck).
"Quadrupeds, What They Are and Where Found" by Mayne Reid
Look at those few springbuck I'm trying to preserve.
"The Triumph of Hilary Blachland" by Bertram Mitford
They leap high in the air, like the springbuck, when on the move.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 2" by Various
Can they shoot springbucks better than I can?
"Between Sun and Sand" by William Charles Scully
The springbuck were too far away to fire at; probabilities would have been too much in favour of a miss.
"Lodges in the Wilderness" by William Charles Scully
For instance, in one case, while two gallant Nimrods were in the act of stalking a splendid springbuck, their chargers made off.
"South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. 3 (of 6)" by Louis Creswicke
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