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springhaas, noun

Plurals:
unchanged, springhase /ˈsprəŋˌhɑːsə/, or (formerly) springhasen.
Origin:
South African Dutch, DutchShow more South African Dutch, from Dutch spring jump(ing) + haas hare.
The large nocturnal rodent Pedetes capensis, the sole species of the Pedetidae, with long hind legs which make possible its kangaroo-like bounds; berghaas, see berg sense 1 b ii; springhare. Also attributive.
1786 G. Forster tr. of A. Sparrman’s Voy. to Cape of G.H. II. 194By the colonists it is called berg-haas, or spring-haas, (the mountain or bounding hare) and lives upon roots and other vegetables.
1990 Skinner & Smithers Mammals of Sn Afr. Subregion 200Springhaas are neither related ancestrally nor collaterally to other rodents and..their pre-Miocene history is a mystery...The name springhaas was first applied by the early Dutch settlers and has been translated into English as springhare which is unfortunate as hares belong to another family, the Leporidae.
The large nocturnal rodent Pedetes capensis, the sole species of the Pedetidae, with long hind legs which make possible its kangaroo-like bounds; berghaas, see berg1 b ii; springhare. Also attributive.

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