duiker

[ dahy-ker ]
/ ˈdaɪ kər /
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noun, plural dui·kers, (especially collectively) dui·ker.

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.

Nearby words

  1. duh,
  2. duhamel,
  3. duhamel, georges,
  4. duhring's disease,
  5. dui,
  6. duikerbok,
  7. duino elegies,
  8. duisburg,
  9. duisenberg,
  10. duit

Origin of duiker

1770–80; < Afrikaans, Dutch duiker diver, equivalent to duiken to dive (see duck2) + -er -er1

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British Dictionary definitions for duiker

duiker

duyker

/ (ˈdaɪˌkə) /

noun plural -kers or -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
Southern African any of several cormorants, esp the long-tailed shag (Phalacrocorax africanus)

Word Origin for duiker

C18: via Afrikaans from Dutch duiker diver, from duiken to dive; see duck ²

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