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dik-dik

[dik-dik] /ˈdɪkˌdɪk/
noun
1.
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 of dik-dik
1880-1885
1880-85; said to be a name imitative of the animal's cry, but language of orig. not ascertained
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  • This animal turned out to be a little mouse-deer, or dik-dik.

    Sport in Abyssinia Dermot Mayo
  • After I had gone a little way a dik-dik crossed the dry river-bed in front of me; I fired at him, but it was too long a shot.

    Sport in Abyssinia Dermot Mayo
  • They are all small, the dik-dik being scarcely larger than a rabbit, and they are divided into as many subspecies as the duiker.

    In Africa John T. McCutcheon
  • dik-dik flesh is very good eating; it tastes better roasted when one has bacon to add to it.

    Sport in Abyssinia Dermot Mayo
  • For instance, there's the oribi and the dik-dik, to say nothing of the steinbuck and the klipspringer.

    In Africa John T. McCutcheon
  • At the time the dik-dik came out I heard pigs grunting in a little dell below me, but I could not see them at all.

    Sport in Abyssinia Dermot Mayo
  • Going through the jungle I put up a dik-dik hind; this animal trotted away out of shot range, and then stopped and looked at me.

    Sport in Abyssinia Dermot Mayo
British Dictionary definitions for dik-dik

dik-dik

/ˈdɪkˌdɪk/
noun
1.
any small antelope of the genus Madoqua, inhabiting semiarid regions of Africa, having an elongated muzzle and, in the male, small stout horns
Word Origin
C19: an East African name, probably of imitative origin
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