Of East African origin, perhaps imitative of its cry
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Imitative of the sound made by the animal when alarmed.
Dik-dik Sentence Examples
Among the varieties are the greater and lesser kudu (both rather rare); the duiker, gemsbuck, hartebeest, gerenuk (the most common - it has long thin legs and a camel-like neck); klipspringer, found on the high plateaus as well as in the lower districts; and the dik-dik, the smallest of the antelopes, its weight rarely exceeding so lb, common in the low countries and the foothills.
It is a catholic feeder which will take mammals the size of a dik-dik but it eats termites.
Generalized features are also displayed by the Oligocene Hypisodus, which in its short skull and large orbits presents a curious approximation to the African dik-dik antelopes of the genus Madoqua (see Antelope).