Definitions for duikerˈdaɪ kər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

dui•kerˈdaɪ kər(n.)(pl.)-kers; -ker.

  1. any small African antelope of the genera Cephalophus and Sylvicapra, having short spikelike horns.

    Category: Mammals

Origin of duiker:

1770–80; < Afrik, D duiker diver

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  1. duiker(Noun)

    One of any species of small antelope of the Cephalophinae subfamily.

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  1. Duiker

    A duiker consists of 21 small to medium-sized antelope species from the subfamily Cephalophinae native to Sub-Saharan Africa. Their name comes from the Dutch word for diver which refers to their practice of diving into tangles of shrubbery. Duikers are split into two groups based on their habitat: forest and bush duikers. All forest species inhabit the rainforests of Sub-Saharan Africa, while the only known bush duiker, grey common duiker occupies savannas. Duikers are very shy, elusive creatures with a fondness of dense covers. Bush duikers that tend to live in more open areas, for example, are quick to disappear into thickets for protection. Because of their rarity and interspersed population, there is not much known about duikers; thus, further generalizations are widely based on the most commonly studied red forest, blue, yellow-backed and the common grey duiker. In tropical rainforest zones of Africa, people non-selectively hunt duikers for their fur, meat, and horns at highly unsustainable rates. Population trends for all species of duikers, excluding the common duiker and the smallest blue duiker, are significantly decreasing; Aders' and particularly the larger duiker species such as the Jentink’s and Abbott’s duikers, are now considered endangered by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species .


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diver(noun)

a person who dives, especially one who works under water using special breathing equipment.

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