One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small rock-dwelling antelope with a yellowish-grey coat, an arched back, and a stiff bouncing gait, native to southern Africa.
Oreotragus oreotragus, family Bovidae
- ‘The Reserve is stocked with small game - blesbok, mountain reebok, duiker, klipspringer and steenbok, as well as the small creatures: mongoose, tortoise and genet.’
- ‘In the hills are the nimble klipspringers which explore these hilly rocky outcrops.’
- ‘Klipspringers and common jackals are also a regular sight on the plateau, and with luck you may even spot Walia ibex expertly balancing on the vertiginous rock ledges.’
Late 18th century: from Afrikaans, from Dutch klip ‘rock’ + springer ‘jumper’.
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