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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.
Black and White Colobus Monkey, Sykes's Monkeys, forest hogs, small antelopes like duikers, bush babies, porcupines and mongoose are also found in the forest.
het aanleggen van 2 duikers en het aanpassen van watergangen; 9.
Another time, in the Central African Republic, we were calling duikers when a huge leopard rushed in.
Why do we need wildabeests and duikers when we've got cats and dogs?
The remaining time at Mbari camp was spent calling duikers in the bakos.
In tropical West Africa, both fruit bats and monkeys are commonly hunted and eaten and sometimes found in the markets, along with duikers, a pygmy antelope that can also carry the disease.
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.
The number of blue duikers dropped 26 percent; larger red duikers 42 percent; the even larger yellow-backed duikers 59 percent.