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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

duh, duhamel, duhamel, georges, duhring's disease, dui, duiker, duikerbok, duino elegies, duisburg, duisenberg, duit

Origin of duiker

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