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Any of various small African antelopes of the genera Cephalophus, Philantomba, or Sylvicapra, having short, backward-pointing horns and inhabiting forests or thickets.

[Afrikaans, from Dutch duiken, to dive, from Middle Dutch dūken.]


(ˈdaɪˌkə) or


n, pl -kers or -ker
1. (Animals) Also called: duikerbok 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
2. (Animals) South African any of several cormorants, esp the long-tailed shag (Phalacrocorax africanus)
[C18: via Afrikaans from Dutch duiker diver, from duiken to dive; see duck2]


(ˈdaɪ kər)

n., pl. -kers, (esp. collectively) -ker.
any small African antelope of the genera Cephalophus and Sylvicapra, having short spikelike horns.
[1770–80; < Afrikaans, Dutch duiker diver]
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I ran to the bush --he had caught hold of a duiker buck, as big as himself, that was asleep in it.
This food source helps sustain the local antelope, which are called duikers.
But now, according to a report in National Geographic News, a recent study found DNA from monkeys and small forest antelopes called duikers in the feces of wild African mountain gorillas in Loango National Park in Gabon in Africa.
I've killed literally hundreds of animals from duikers to Cape buffalo with Bear Claws that ranged from 55 to 500 grains, and I have found them to be incredibly consistent.
What's better than walking through a forest with buzzards, orioles, boomslangs, baboons, vervets, duikers and puff adders?
We also delighted in catching duikers and bigger antelopes, as well as bucks.
While safaris revolve around obvious sexy species, don't discount "lesser" animals such as blesbok, steenbok and duikers, springbok, bushbuck, impala and reedbuck, just to name a few.
The number of blue duikers dropped 26 percent; larger red duikers 42 percent; the even larger yellow-backed duikers 59 percent.
Blue duikers dropped 26 per cent; larger red duikers 42 per cent; and yellow-backed duikers 59 per cent.
Contact with rats, elephants, warthogs, duikers, squirrels, porcupines, and leopards was reported by 17 (16.
The virus infects people, gorillas, chimpanzees, and small antelope called duikers.
French colonial administrators, for example, gave Europeans monopoly control over products such as ivory, rubber, and the much-coveted skins of duikers.