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name applied to any of a large number of hoofed, ruminant mammals of the cattle family (Bovidae), which also includes the bison, buffalo, sheep, and goats. Found in Africa and Eurasia, they range in size from pygmy antelopes, 12 in.
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(Antidorcas marsupialis), an artiodactyl mammal of the family Bovidae. The body length is 120 to 140 cm, the tail length reaches 87 cm, and the weight is 32–36 kg. The back and sides are yellow-brown; the sides are marked with dark stripes. The head and underparts are white. Along the back and croup there is a fold of skin with long, light hairs that stand up, forming a white crest, when the animal is frightened or excited. Both males and females have lyre-shaped horns reaching a length of 40 cm. The springbok is a herd animal that inhabits the forest-less plains of southern Africa (south of 10° S lat.). In fright or in play it jumps as high as 3.5 m. The springbok feeds on grass and the leaves of shrubs. Nearly extinct, it has been preserved only in a few national parks in southern Africa.


(less commonly), springbuck
an antelope, Antidorcas marsupialis, of semidesert regions of southern Africa, which moves in leaps exposing a patch of white erectile hairs on the rump that are usually covered by a fold of skin
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This social media campaign, stressed Mr Roux, "feeds on the belief that passion for the Springboks and the importance of their success to this country runs so deep that wherever the team plays they can feel South Africa behind them.
The Pumas were much more physical and aggressive, not letting the Springbok forwards dominate and as a result placing Ruan Pienaar under a lot of pressure.
However, there was a scare for the Springboks when lock Bakkies Botha winced off after the try having been slow to get to his feet after a cutting tackle below the knee in the move that led to the score.
Springbok coach Peter De Villiers has left more than 20 regular internationals at home for the ANZ Stadium clash, preferring to give his star players a rest ahead of September's World Cup.
But that was virtually the last England saw of the ball as the Springboks dominated the rest of the half, assisted by a flurry of penalties.
Lock Victor Matfield is the favourite to take over from Smit as tour captain as the Springboks take on Wales.
A brilliant touchline conversion from Willem de Waal with the last kick of the game earned Emerging Springboks a 13-13 draw at Newlands last night.
Spokesman Rupert Adams said: "In the last 24 hours we have seen 10-times the number of bets for the Lions compared to the Springboks.
In the last 24 hours we have seen ten times the number of bets for the Lions compared to the Springboks but the Lions bets are in pounds, while the Springbok bets are in the hundreds of pounds," said Rupert Adams of Hills, who this week reported a $26,000 bet on the Boks.
The Namibia Rugby Union (NRU) this week officially began selling tickets for the Springbok and Welwitchias rugby clash, which will take place on 29 May at the Hage Geingob Stadium in Windhoek.
Without a doubt, the Springboks won't want to suffer again at home," said Deans.
The Wallabies triumphed by two tries to nil to join the Springboks and New Zealand on one win apiece in the early stages of the competition.