dui·​ker | \ ˈdī-kər How to pronounce duiker (audio) \

Definition of duiker

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

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Gabonese chimpanzees were observed cracking tortoises open against tree trunks and preparing them on the half shell, and Tanzanian chimpanzees intimidated a leopard into surrendering its blue duiker. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's magazine, "Findings," 22 July 2019 Researchers don't know for sure which animals are Ebola carriers, but there's evidence that fruit bats may play a role in spreading the virus to other animals, such as chimpanzees, gorillas, and duikers. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "What is the Ebola virus, and can it be stopped?," 9 Apr. 2019 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. Washington Post, "Baby bongo born, more likely soon at Species Survival Center," 19 Dec. 2017 Not every zoo animal gets a holiday gift box — some, like the bears and badger, are already hibernating; others, like the zebras and duikers could end up stepping on the boxes and getting their hooves stuck. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee's zoo animals celebrate the holidays like humans — ripping open gifts," 13 Dec. 2017 So, shortly after Aria moved in with the two bongos — like the duiker, a type of African antelope — the tortoises living in the same area were sent packing. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee zoo's newest species find their footing — and have issues with some of their neighbors," 21 June 2017

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First Known Use of duiker

1777, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for duiker

Afrikaans, literally, diver, from duik to dive, from Middle Dutch dūken; akin to Old High German tūhhan to dive — more at duck entry 2

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