One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A dwarf antelope found on the dry savannah of Africa, the female of which is larger than the male.
Genus Madoqua, family Bovidae: several species
- ‘Many birds and some antelopes, notably the dik-dik and the saiga, sport noses that give them an exceptional ability to regulate brain temperature and conserve water.’
- ‘These species, all of which are under threat due to illegal harvesting, included Grants gazelle, Thomsons gazelle, dik-dik, eland, impala, waterbuck, warthog, plains zebra, Cape buffalo and Masai giraffe.’
- ‘All of the common herbivores (springbok are by far the most numerous) and their main predators are found here along with black faced impala, Damara dik-dik, roan antelope, red hartebeest and black rhino.’
- ‘For solitary cryptic species such as the dik-dik and klipspringer, I collected individual fecal samples from dung-middens in known territories along the sampling transects.’
- ‘I don't believe he killed a deer at all because, first of all, a dik-dik is very tiny.’
Late 19th century: a local word in East Africa, imitative of its call.
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