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 for 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
     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
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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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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: any of numerous plants of the genus Capparis
      2: pickled flower buds used as a pungent relish in various
         dishes and sauces
      3: a crime (especially a robbery); "the gang pulled off a bank
         job in St. Louis" [syn: caper, job]
      4: a playful leap or hop [syn: caper, capriole]
      5: gay or light-hearted recreational activity for diversion or
         amusement; "it was all done in play"; "their frolic in the
         surf threatened to become ugly" [syn: play, frolic,
         romp, gambol, caper]
      6: a ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusement [syn:
         antic, joke, prank, trick, caper, put-on]
      v 1: jump about playfully

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  88 Moby Thesaurus words for "caper":
     antic, beam, bob, bounce, burglary, capriole, caracole, carol,
     carry on, cavort, chirp, chirrup, clap hands, crime, curvet,
     cut a dido, cut capers, cut up, dance, delight, devilment, dido,
     disport, escapade, exult, falcade, filch, flounce, fool around,
     frisk, frolic, gambade, gambado, gambol, glory, glow, grab, heist,
     high jinks, hop, horse around, impishness, job, joy, jubilate,
     jump, jump about, lark, laugh, leap, lift, lilt, mischief,
     monkeyshine, monkeyshines, pinch, play, practical joke, prance,
     prank, radiate cheer, ramp, rejoice, revel, rip-off, robbery,
     roguery, rollick, romp, shenanigan, shenanigans, shines, sing,
     skip, skip for joy, smile, sparkle, sport, spring, steal, stunt,
     theft, tomfoolery, trick, trip, waggish trick, waggishness,

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