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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ For a start, I smelt your spoor on her when we danced together at the wedding.
▪ In waves, in subtle gusts, the room began to fill with the warmth and spoor of another being.
▪ Jackson sniffed the air like an animal taking a spoor.
▪ Now it was after other game; it was following the spoor of blood, up the moon-washed face of the cliff.
▪ The elephant-catching tribe, the Singphos, prepare for a catch in Assam, often tracking spoor on a river bank.
▪ We can track his spoor through the Letters.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Spoor \Spoor\ (sp[=oo]r), n. [D. spoor; akin to AS. spor, G. spur, and from the root of E. spur. [root]171. See Spur.] The track or trail of any wild animal; as, the spoor of an elephant; -- used originally by travelers in South Africa.


Spoor \Spoor\, v. i. To follow a spoor or trail. [R.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"track, trace," 1823, used originally by travelers in South Africa, from Afrikaans spoor, from Dutch spoor, from Middle Dutch spor, cognate with Old English spor "footprint, track, trace," from Proto-Germanic *spur-am, from PIE *spere- "ankle" (see spurn).


n. The track, trail, droppings or scent of an animal vb. (context transitive English) To track an animal by following its spoor


n. the trail left by a person or an animal; what the hunter follows in pursuing game; "the hounds followed the fox's spoor"

Spoor (comics)

Spoor (Andrew Hamish Graves) is a fictional comic book character appearing in Marvel Comics. He first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #300 and was a member of the Acolytes. His real name was established in Excalibur #89. Spoor is a mutant with the ability to secrete pheromones, allowing him to control others.


Spoor can mean:

  • Spoor (animal), anything that shows signs of an animal
  • Spoor (comics)
  • Spoor (album), an album by Thin White Rope
Spoor (album)

Spoor is a 1994 compilation album by Thin White Rope. It brings together the Red Sun EP, various singles, and demo versions of songs.

Spoor (animal)

Spoor is any sign of a creature or trace by which the progress of someone or something may be followed. A spoor may include tracks, scents, scat, or broken foliage. Spoor is useful for discovering or surveying what types of animals live in an area, or in animal tracking.

The word originated c. 1823, from Afrikaansspoor, from Middle Dutchspor, which is cognate with Old Englishspor "footprint, track, trace" and modern English languagespurn (as in ankle). It is cognate also with spur, the metal tool on the heels of riding boots.

Generally droppings can be referred to as scat. Certain scat are called different things; rabbit scat are normally called rabbit pellets, while ungulate scat is referred to as droppings or manure.

Spoor can be used in hunting. For example, a hunter can stick their finger in an animal's scat to measure its temperature. If the scat is cold, the animal is likely far and if the scat is warm, the animal is likely close.

By analogy, in politics, "to look carefully on the spoor in the trails" means to investigate what is actually going on in a sensitive situation.

Usage examples of "spoor".

It was the spoor of Arab sandals, those of two men and a woman, and when the Waziri pointed them out to Zeyd the young Beduin swore that he recognized those of the woman as belonging to Ateja, for who knew better the shape and size of her little foot, or the style of the sandals she fabricated?

They lost the spoor on the third day in the rain, but a dozen times in the years since then, Flynn had followed and lost those double furrows, and once, through his binoculars, he had seen the old bull again, standing dozing beneath a grove of morula trees at a distance of three miles, his eroded old head propped up by the mythical tusks.

Then, without leaving the water, he returned to the exact spot where he had entered the stream and on the bank carefully dried his feet and legs, replaced his dry velskoen shoes that he had hung around his neck on their laces, and backtracked on his incoming spoor.

In old Germanic mythology the Werwolf is a patriotic figure who stays behind in the homeland when the Teuton warrior-heroes have been forced to flee into exile by the invading foreigner, and who leads the resistance against the invader from the shadows of the great forests, striking by night and disappearing, leaving only the spoor of the wolf in the snow.

Near the field, in thick bush, he found the spoor of a bushbuck ram and, on the tree-trunks nearby, saw the white scars where the ram had rubbed his horns.

The pack of dogs had been diverted by the spoor of a bushbuck ewe and now pursued it with more noise than expertise.

Shadow found the spoor of a bushbuck and ran barking up a slight rise.

One of the Kikuyu who patrolled the estate as guards had found the spoor of a lion only half a mile from the house, and van Pienaar was eager to organize a hunt.

We read them slowly, syllable by syllable, taking turns, using at times foreign or regional accents, then replaying the sounds, perhaps backward, perhaps starting with a middle syllable, and finally reading the word as word, overpronouncing slightly, noses to the page as if in search of protomorphic spoor.

Northern Freeze, and despite expert pithing this beast, like its ancestors, would have preferred to follow a spoor promising food at the end of its journey.

When he is finished with the plate, he points Tilsiter to the nearby deer spoor.

They hiked far down the river to a favorite pig wallow off the trail where the dogs sniffed and snorted and snapped at one another, utterly unable to follow out a single trackable spoor.

They had somehow escaped the Wards that kept them pent and were killing for the vile pleasure of it, leaving the carcasses behind, the spoor of their vengeful feast.

Once Aunt Nancy took Ellie and Hunter away into the spiritworld there was nothing for him to do but sit on the front bumper of the pickup and watch his other two aunts wandering about between the ice-covered trees, casting for spoor like a pair of blue tick hounds.

The endos noted the plentiful spoor of horse, camel, and deer, and with irony praised the blue-eyes for driving tigers and wolves out of the region.