Definition of springhare in English:


(also springhaas)

nounspringhares, springhaas

  • 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.’