Meaning of klipspringer in English:

klipspringer

Pronunciation /ˈklɪpˌsprɪŋə/

noun

  • 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.’

Origin

Late 18th century from Afrikaans, from Dutch klip ‘rock’ + springer ‘jumper’.