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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
1. A playful leap: caper.
2. A leap made by a trained horse involving a backward kick of the hind legs at the top of the leap.
From Middle French capriole (caper) or Italian capriola (leap), from Latin capreolus (goat), diminutive of caper (goat). Earliest documented use: 1580.
“This new book, the fattest so far, has a good many such rash half-caprioles of wit.”
Frank Kermode; Hip Gnosis; The Guardian (London, UK); Oct 12, 2002.
“Spectators can watch a horse smaller than 34 inches tall do tricks such as a capriole, an upward leap combined with a backward kick of the hind feet.”
Martha Ellen; Miniature Horses Featured at Gouverneur & St. Lawrence County Fair; McClatchy-Tribune Business News (Washington, DC); Aug 6, 2011.
See more usage examples of capriole in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.
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