Capriole meaning

kăp'rē-ōl'
An upward leap made by a trained horse without going forward and with a backward kick of the hind legs at the height of the leap.
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A playful leap or jump; a caper.
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To perform a capriole.
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A caper; leap.
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A type of competitive jump in which a trained horse leaps upward but not forward and kicks its hind legs so that they are nearly parallel to the ground.
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To make a capriole.
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A leap that a horse makes with all fours, upwards only, without advancing, but with a kick or jerk of the hind legs when at the height of the leap.
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A leap or caper, as in dancing.
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To perform a capriole.

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Origin of capriole

  • French from Italian capriola somersault from capriolo roebuck, wild goat from Latin capreolus diminutive of caper capr- goat
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • French capriole
    From Wiktionary