caper


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Caper \Ca"per\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Capered p. pr. & vb. n.
   capering.] [From older capreoll to caper, cf. F. se cabrer
   to prance; all ultimately fr. L. caper, capra, goat. See
   Capriole.]
   To leap or jump about in a sprightly manner; to cut capers;
   to skip; to spring; to prance; to dance.
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         He capers, he dances, he has eyes of youth. --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Caper \Ca"per\, n.
   A frolicsome leap or spring; a skip; a jump, as in mirth or
   dancing; a prank.
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   To cut a caper, to frolic; to make a sportive spring; to
      play a prank. --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Caper \Ca"per\, n. [D. kaper.]
   A vessel formerly used by the Dutch, privateer. --Wright.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Caper \Ca"per\, n. [F. c[^a]pre, fr. L. capparis, Gr. ?; cf. Ar.
   & Per. al-kabar.]
   1. The pungent grayish green flower bud of the European and
      Oriental caper (Capparis spinosa), much used for
      pickles.
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   2. (Bot.) A plant of the genus Capparis; -- called also
      caper bush, caper tree.
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   Note: The Capparis spinosa is a low prickly shrub of the
         Mediterranean coasts, with trailing branches and
         brilliant flowers; -- cultivated in the south of Europe
         for its buds. The Capparis sodada is an almost
         leafless spiny shrub of central Africa (Soudan),
         Arabia, and southern India, with edible berries.
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   Bean caper. See Bran caper, in the Vocabulary.

   Caper sauce, a kind of sauce or catchup made of capers.
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