Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A burrowing nocturnal rodent (Pedetes capensis) of southern Africa, having long powerful hind legs with which it leaps like a kangaroo.

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  • noun A large, tunneling rodent (Pedetes capensis) indigenous to southeast Africa, approximately 40 cm. (16 in.) long and notable for its leaping ability and physical resemblance to a miniature kangaroo.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Partial translation of Afrikaans springhaas : spring, to leap up; see springbok + haas, hare.]

Examples

  • Sometimes at dusk, the boys, their parents, and assorted visiting scientists would go “springhare-ing”—making a slow drive across the Serengeti until a springhare a nocturnal rodent that hops like a kangaroo was spotted in the glare of the headlights.

    Ancestral Passions

  • Sometimes at dusk, the boys, their parents, and assorted visiting scientists would go “springhare-ing”—making a slow drive across the Serengeti until a springhare a nocturnal rodent that hops like a kangaroo was spotted in the glare of the headlights.

    Ancestral Passions

  • A night in sandy veld, with not a water hole in sight, is the ideal setting for springhare watchers to make a contribution to a research project into the little-known habits of the nocturnal creatures many livestock farmers consider to be pests.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Scattered through the dry lands of eastern and southern Africa - on numerous grasslands, plains, fossil lake beds, hill slopes, and floodplains - is the springhare (or springhaas).

    15 Agouti

  • Nocturnal ecology of the springhare, Pedetes capensis, in Botswana.

    Chapter 11

  • There is one species (Pedetes capensis) and two subspecies: the East African springhare and the Cape springhare (formerly Pedetes cafer).

    15 Agouti

  • Seasonal reproduction of the springhare, Pedetes capensis, in southeastern Zimbabwe.

    Chapter 11

  • Lffe history and economic value of the springhare (Pedetes capensis Forster) in Botswana.

    Chapter 11

  • Burrow structure and fossorial ecology of the springhare Pedetes capensis in Botswana.

    Chapter 11

  • Its main prey are springbok (Antidorcas marsupialis, LR), although when game is scarce, it will also hunt young or weak hartebeest (Alcelaphus buselaphus, LR), gemsbok, and wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus, LR), as well as duiker (Sylvicapra grimmia) and springhare (Pedetes capensis), among others.

    Kalahari xeric savanna

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