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See also: Spoor
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /spʊə/
Audio (Southern England) (file)
- (General American) IPA(key): /spʊɹ/, /spɔɹ/
- Rhymes: -ʊə, -ʊɹ, -ɔɹ
- Homophone: spore (in some accents)
- The track, trail, droppings or scent of an animal.
- 1912, Arthur Conan Doyle, The Lost World […], London, New York, N.Y.: Hodder and Stoughton, →OCLC:
- We all stopped to examine that monstrous spoor. If it were indeed a bird - and what animal could leave such a mark? - its foot was so much larger than an ostrich's that its height upon the same scale must be enormous.
- 1918 September–November, Edgar Rice Burroughs, “The Land That Time Forgot”, in The Blue Book Magazine, Chicago, Ill.: Story-press Corp., →OCLC; republished as chapter VIII, in Hugo Gernsback, editor, Amazing Stories, (please specify |part=I, II, or III), New York, N.Y.: Experimenter Publishing, 1927, →OCLC:
- Even poor Nobs appeared dejected as we quit the compound and set out upon the well-marked spoor of the abductor.
- 1971, William S. Burroughs, The Wild Boys: A Book of the Dead, page 10:
- Now he has picked up the spoor of drunken vomit and there is the doll sprawled against a wall, his pants streaked with urine.
trail left by an animal
- (transitive) To track an animal by following its spoor
- Afrikaans: spoor
- Jersey Dutch: spôr
- Negerhollands: spoor
- Petjo: sepoor
- → Caribbean Javanese: sepur
- → Indonesian: sepur (“railway track”)
- → Javanese: ꦱꦼꦥꦸꦂ (sepur)
- → Indonesian: sepur (“train”) (semantic loan)
- → Papiamentu: spor
- Alternative form of