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o·ka·pi

 (ō-kä′pē)
n. pl. okapi or o·ka·pis
A ruminant mammal (Okapia johnstoni) of the central African rainforest, having a reddish-brown body, whitish-gray cheeks, horizontal whitish stripes on the legs and hindquarters, and short horns in the male. The okapi is closely related to the giraffe.

[Perhaps of Mvuba (Nilo-Saharan language of Congo) origin.]

okapi

(əʊˈkɑːpɪ)
n, pl -pis or -pi
(Animals) a ruminant mammal, Okapia johnstoni, of the forests of central Africa, having a reddish-brown coat with horizontal white stripes on the legs and small horns: family Giraffidae
[C20: from a Central African word]

o•ka•pi

(oʊˈkɑ pi)

n., pl. -pis, (esp. collectively) -pi.
a central African ruminant, Okapia johnstoni, of the same family as the giraffe, but smaller and with a much shorter neck.
[1900; < Bambuba (Mvu'ba), a language of the NE Democratic Republic of the Congo (or < a related Pygmy dial.)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.okapi - similar to the giraffe but smaller with much shorter neck and stripe on the legsokapi - similar to the giraffe but smaller with much shorter neck and stripe on the legs
camelopard, Giraffa camelopardalis, giraffe - tallest living quadruped; having a spotted coat and small horns and very long neck and legs; of savannahs of tropical Africa
Translations
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[əʊˈkɑːpɪ] N (okapis or okapi (pl)) → okapi m

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[əʊˈkɑːpɪ] nokapi m inv
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In Belgium, where my organ-grinder took me five years ago, they had an okapi in a big city they call Antwerp.
The numbers of okapis in the wild has declined to between 10,000 and 50,000.
Her birth is significant as the okapis are already endangered species.
Virunga National Park is home to a large portion of the world's endangered mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, Okapis, and other rare species.
Overall, giraffes and okapis still have very similar genes, with 19.
With only 14 okapis in zoos in the UK, Usala's birth gave an important boost to the breeding programme for the endangered animals from Congo.
In the wild the okapi is only found in the Democratic Republic of Congo where their numbers are in decline due to habitat loss and hunting for their meat - and with only 14 okapis in zoos in the UK, the arrival of Usala is an important boost to the breeding programme for the endangered animals.
Co-author Ronald Douglas, a professor of biology at City University London specializing in the visual system, and co-author Glen Jeffery, a professor of neuroscience at University College London, determined that cats, dogs, rodents, hedgehogs, bats, ferrets and okapis all detect substantial levels of UV.
But what about giraffes, flamingos, and zebra-like okapis from Africa?
Mchawi is the seventh member of the okapi family currently living in Antwerp zoo, which is recognised as a world-wide specialist for okapis and one of the biggest in Europe, helping to preserve the animals' genetic diversity.
There is an urgent need for action since the natural heritage of the DRC is in great danger", said World Bank representative Emmanuel Mbi, adding that the World Bank plans to launch a new $10 million project to help with the protection of five Congolese national parks listed by UNESCO as World Heritage sites (the Virunga, Garamba, Kahuzi-Biega, and Salonga national parks and the okapis Reserve).
In addition, the country's wildlife, including okapis, gorillas and elephants, has long attracted poachers.