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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.
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Here visitors can see various wildlife such as jackal, leopard, serval, hartebeest, bush baby, spotted hyena, buffalo, warthog, oribi, red fronted gazelle, red flanked duiker, bushbuck, patas monkey, green monkey etc.
In addition to the bongo, Hatwood said, three or four of the center's sable antelope, two or three eland and a duiker (DIKE-er) also are probably pregnant.
This reminded me of the running gait of the African duiker, which translates from Afrikaans to English as "ducker.
Chimpanzees in the "Waibira" tribe, which researchers have monitored for only five years, tend to hunt alone for a small deer species called a red duiker.
When I say poachers, I am not referring to a local who kills a duiker to feed his family, but rather professional hunters who hunt to sell the meat.
33 went to Africa with me in 1985 but was just used on one small critter called a gray duiker.
Illegal hunting and habitat loss also pushed three species of antelope found in Africa to "near threatened" status, including the bay duiker, the white-bellied duiker and the yellow-backed duiker.
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