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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
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Examples from the web for duiker
  • Farther still the print of a yellow-backed duiker, one of the larger forest antelope.
  • The snares were intended for duiker and bush pig, but with hundreds in the area, some chimps inevitably got caught.
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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