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[ dik-dik ]
/ ˈdɪkˌdɪk /


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

Nearby words

diiodide, diiodomethane, diisobutyl phthalate, dijon, dijon mustard, dik-dik, dike, diketone, diketopiperazine, dikkop, diktat

Origin of dik-dik

First recorded in 1880–85; said to be a name imitative of the animal's cry, but language of orig. not ascertained Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for dik-dik


/ (ˈdɪkˌdɪk) /


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 for dik-dik

C19: an East African name, probably of imitative origin
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