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[dahy-ker] /ˈdaɪ kər/
noun, plural duikers (especially collectively) duiker.
any of several small African antelopes of the Cephalophus, Sylvicapra, and related genera, the males and often the females having short, spikelike horns: some are endangered.
Origin of duiker
1770-80; < Afrikaans, Dutch duiker diver, equivalent to duiken to dive (see duck2) + -er -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • 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
  • When the duiker was asleep, the inkalimeva ate up all the fat.

    South-African Folk-Tales James A. Honey
  • Then the inkalimeva hid itself, and the duiker looked for it till he was so tired that he lay down and went to sleep.

    South-African Folk-Tales James A. Honey
  • The animals, when they heard the cry, ran to the kraal and killed the duiker.

    South-African Folk-Tales James A. Honey
  • By this means three duiker were soon killed, and we then lighted a fire, and enjoyed a feast of venison.

  • My first great sporting achievement was in killing a duiker, a small antelope that was found in bushy or stony country.

  • They put fat in the kraal a third time, and appointed the duiker (impunzi) to be the keeper of the gate.

    South-African Folk-Tales James A. Honey
  • On the following day I shot a reitbok, a duiker, and three corans.

  • It proposed to the duiker that they should play hide and look for.

    South-African Folk-Tales James A. Honey
  • The duiker is another little antelope that one meets frequently in the grassy places of East Africa.

    In Africa John T. McCutcheon
British Dictionary definitions for duiker


noun (pl) -kers, -ker
Also called duikerbok (ˈdaɪkəbɒk). any small antelope of the genera Cephalophus and Sylvicapra, occurring throughout Africa south of the Sahara, having short straight backward-pointing horns, pointed hooves, and an arched back
(South African) any of several cormorants, esp the long-tailed shag (Phalacrocorax africanus)
Word Origin
C18: via Afrikaans from Dutch duiker diver, from duiken to dive; see duck²
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