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topi1

[toh-pee, toh-pee]
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noun, plural to·pis.
  1. topee.

topi2

[toh-pee]
noun, plural to·pis.
  1. an antelope, Damaliscus lunatus, of east-central Africa, having bluish-black and yellow markings.

Origin of topi2

1905–10; said to be < Swahili

topee

or to·pi

[toh-pee, toh-pee]
noun
  1. (in India) a lightweight helmet or sun hat made from the pith of the sola plant.

Origin of topee

First recorded in 1825–35, topee is from the Hindi word ṭopī hat
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Examples from the Web for topi

Historical Examples

  • The topi's nearest relations are the sasseby, the tiang, and the korrigum.

    In Africa</p>

    John T. McCutcheon

  • The cap or topi is not bound round the head, but is placed upon it.

  • "Get my topi, boy, and order the gari quickly," the memsahib called to her bearer.

    In Kali's Country</p>

    Emily Churchill Thompson Sheets

  • Ungainly hartebeests, and topi whose skins had the sheen of satin, ran with smooth speed.

  • He removed his topi as they wheeled off and she saw that his hair was shot with gray above the temples.

    Caravans By Night

    Harry Hervey


British Dictionary definitions for topi

topi1

noun plural -pis
  1. an antelope, Damaliscus korrigum, of grasslands and semideserts of Africa, having angular curved horns and an elongated muzzle

Word Origin

C19: from an African language

topi2

noun plural -pis
  1. another name for pith helmet

Word Origin

C19: from Hindi: hat

topee

topi

noun plural -pees or -pis
  1. another name for pith helmet

Word Origin

C19: from Hindi topī hat
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