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springer, noun

Plurals:
unchanged, or springers.
Origin:
South African Dutch, DutchShow more South African Dutch, from Dutch springer leaper, from springen to leap.
1. obsolete. In full springer antelope: springbok sense 1 a.
1781 T. Pennant Hist. of Quadrupeds I. 82The Springer Antelope..weighs about 50 pounds, and is rather lesser than a roebuck.
1829 E. Griffith tr. of Cuvier’s Animal Kingdom IV. 208The Springer Antelope..is the largest of a small subordinate group...The Springer resembles the Dorcas of nomenclators, but is nearly a third larger in size.
2. Any of several species of marine fish noted for their ability to leap out of the water (but particularly Elops machnata). a. Elops machnata of the Elopidae; Cape salmon sense 2; skipjack sense 1. b. harder. c. The sandfish Gonorhynchus gonorhynchus of the Gonorhynchidae.
Note:
In Smith and Heemstra’s Smiths' Sea Fishes (1986), the name ‘ladyfish’ is used for E. machnata, and ‘beaked sandfish’ for G. gonorhynchus.
1786 G. Forster tr. of A. Sparrman’s Voy. to Cape of G.H. II. 285In some of the rivers..there is not a fish to be seen; and in others only a few bastard springers, as they are called, (cyprinus gonorynchus), which are scarcely as big as a common herring.
1985 S. Afr. Panorama July 31These lakes are the typical habitat of large mullet, or springer, which is a fine eating fish and traditionally sought after by local residents.
3. sprinkaan sense 1.
1934 Star 12 Feb. (Swart)As the farm on which the springers have made their appearance is untenanted, the full extent of the hatchings is not yet known.
springbok1 a.
Elops machnata of the Elopidae; Cape salmon2; skipjack1.
harder.
The sandfish Gonorhynchus gonorhynchus of the Gonorhynchidae.
sprinkaan1.

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