dik dik

dik-dik

[dik-dik]
noun
any antelope of the genus Madoqua or Rhynchotragus, of eastern and southwestern Africa, growing only to 14 inches (36 cm) high at the shoulder.

Origin:
1880–85; said to be a name imitative of the animal's cry, but language of orig. not ascertained

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dik-dik (ˈdɪkˌdɪk)
 
n
any small antelope of the genus Madoqua, inhabiting semiarid regions of Africa, having an elongated muzzle and, in the male, small stout horns
 
[C19: an East African name, probably of imitative origin]

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