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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.]
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(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]
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(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.
class="MsoNormalWe spend the afternoon on a slow drive past the waterbuck and red duikers to Endebess bluff bordered by a forest and carpeted with wild flowers.
Jean-Luc and his team had thousands of photos of all manner of wildlife: gorillas, elephants, chimpanzees, duikers, sitatunga, and lots of bongo.
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.
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.
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.
This food source helps sustain the local antelope, which are called duikers. These antelope, whose populations are declining, are the primary food source for most people in the area, and some local residents have been hunting gorillas as a substitute for duiker.
For instance, diminished populations of a local species of antelope, called duikers, has led many hunters to turn to the gorillas for food; the researchers thus suggest that permitting selective logging would result in new vegetation growth that would help sustain the duiker populations and make the gorillas less tempting.