- an African mammal, Okapia johnstoni, closely related to and resembling the giraffe, but smaller and with a much shorter neck.
Origin of okapi
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Historical Examples of okapi
There were hunters from the forests of far-off Bongindanga where the okapi roams.Bones
An okapi is worth a hundred other animals of any kind that one can name.
The Okapi lives in pairs in the deepest recesses of the forest.
This creature, of which the native name is "Okapi," is proposed to be called Ocapia johnstoni.
I am bitterly sorry and disappointed to be obliged to say it, but I think there can be no doubt that we have lost that okapi.
- 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
Word Origin for okapi
short-necked giraffe of central Africa, 1900, from the animal's name in Mbuba (Congo). Reported by English explorer Sir Harry Johnston (1858-1927).