- 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
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When the duiker was asleep, the inkalimeva ate up all the fat.
The animals, when they heard the cry, ran to the kraal and killed the duiker.
It proposed to the duiker that they should play hide and look for.
Further converse was interrupted by the sudden bursting of a duiker, or large antelope, from a thicket close beside them.The Settler and the Savage
My first great sporting achievement was in killing a duiker, a small antelope that was found in bushy or stony country.The White Chief of the Caffres
- 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
- Southern African any of several cormorants, esp the long-tailed shag (Phalacrocorax africanus)
C18: via Afrikaans from Dutch duiker diver, from duiken to dive; see duck ²
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