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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.]
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]
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.)]
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|Noun||1.||okapi - 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