1. The track or trail of an animal or person.
2. The footprints or other signs left by an animal or person, considered as a group: found fresh spoor.
tr.v. spoored, spoor·ing, spoors
To track (an animal or person) by following the spoor.
[Afrikaans, from Middle Dutch; see sperə- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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