noun \ˈdī-kər\

Definition of DUIKER

:  any of several small African antelopes comprising two genera (Cephalophus and Sylvicapra)

Origin of DUIKER

Afrikaans, literally, diver, from duik to dive, from Middle Dutch dūken; akin to Old High German tūhhan to dive — more at duck
First Known Use: 1777

Rhymes with DUIKER


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Zebra duiker (Cephalophus zebra).—Kenneth W. Fink—The National Audubon Society Collection/Photo Researchers

Any of 19 species of small, shy antelope. They live in most of Africa but are rarely seen by humans. The gray, or bush, duiker (Sylvicapra grimmia) has long legs and lives where there is bush or grass cover. It stands 22–26 in. (57–67 cm) tall at the shoulder. Only males have horns, which are short and straight. Forest duikers (18 species, genus Cephalophus) are short-legged, hunchbacked animals that live in dense brush and in forests. They stand 14–18 in. (36–46 cm) tall and vary from pale brown through reddish brown to nearly black. Both sexes have short, straight horns.


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