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1South African A gazelle with a characteristic habit of leaping (pronking) when disturbed, forming large herds on plains in southern Africa.
- ‘We have impalas and springboks here at the zoo.’
- ‘Afterwards, I sit on my terrace and watch what may be kudus, springboks or oryxes amble to the water hole.’
- ‘Here springbok leapt and Cape mountain zebra grazed even as herds of black wildebeest stared at us intently and then galloped away.’
- ‘Young springbok leap across our path during a canter through light sand dotted with grassy tufts.’
- ‘And it was attracting quite a lot of animals, like springboks.’
2The South African international rugby union team.
Late 18th century: from Afrikaans, from Dutch springen to spring + bok antelope.
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