[ 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.

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
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/ (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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