Definition of duiker in English:



  • 1A small African antelope that typically has a tuft of hair between the horns, found mainly in forests.

    • ‘And snares have decimated the local population of Ader's duiker, Africa's most endangered antelope.’
    • ‘Nyika is well known for its wild flowers and birds, also in addition the one park where roan antelope are common, zebra, eland, common duiker, reedbuck, bushbuck, blue monkey and leopard are also present.’
    • ‘In this park of 137 sq km area, you will see baboon, colobus and vervet monkeys, duikers, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, hippo, leopard, hyena, zebra and a wide range of antelopes.’
    • ‘Animals include duikers, eland and colobus, vervet and blue monkeys.’
    • ‘In the centre of the country, the alpine moorland and montane forests of Mt. Kenya and the Aberdares conceal rare bongo antelope, red duiker, suni, bushbuck, Giant forest hog and colobus monkeys.’
  • 2South African A cormorant.

    • ‘We found duiker, otter (one was seen fishing in a gully one morning) and genet spoor on the beach.’
    • ‘Hundreds of wild birds, including the bigger varieties such as guineafowl, korhaan and partridges, and a few duiker, were killed in a hailstorm on the farm ‘Good Hope’ near Grahamstown this week.’


Late 18th century: from South African Dutch, from Dutch, literally ‘diver’, from the antelope's habit of plunging through bushes when pursued; related to duck.