One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural springhaas, Plural springhares
A large nocturnal burrowing rodent resembling a miniature kangaroo, with a rabbit-like head, a long bushy tail, and long hindlimbs, native to southern Africa.
Pedetes capensis, the only member of the family Pedetidae
- ‘The springhaas, the only member of this family, is a peculiar, large, rabbit- or kangaroo-like rodent inhabiting arid lands of southern Africa.’
- ‘If you go on a night drive you'd be most unlucky not to see the glinting eyes of springhares which, despite their resemblance to rabbit-sized kangaroos, are in fact true rodents.’
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