Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A ruminant forest mammal (Okapia johnstoni) of the Congo River basin in Africa, related to the giraffe but smaller and having a short neck, reddish-brown body, creamy white cheeks, and whitish stripes and bands on the legs.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A large ruminant mammal, Okapia johnstoni, found in the rainforests of the Congo, related to the giraffe, but with a much shorter neck, a reddish brown coat and zebra-like stripes on its hindquarters.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A peculiar mammal (Okapia johnstoni) closely related to the giraffe, discovered in the deep forests of Belgian Congo in 1900. It is smaller than an ox, and somewhat like a giraffe, except that the neck is much shorter. Like the giraffe, it has no dewclaws. There is a small prominence on each frontal bone of the male. The color of the body is chiefly reddish chestnut, the cheeks are yellowish white, and the fore and hind legs above the knees and the haunches are striped with purplish black and cream color.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A member of the giraffe family, discovered by Sir Harry Johnston, in 1902, in the forest region near Lake Albert, Africa.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. similar to the giraffe but smaller with much shorter neck and stripe on the legs

Etymologies

Perhaps of Mvuba (Nilo-Saharan language of Congo) origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The okapi is a relatively unknown animal which is closely related to the giraffe.

    Rare Two Headed Snake

  • The tongue of an okapi is long enough for the animal to wash its eyelids and clean its ears.

    Rare Two Headed Snake

  • [...] okapi is a relatively unknown animal which is closely related to the giraffe.

    Rare Two Headed Snake

  • Although she has 8 billion exotic stuffed animals (my mom volunteers at the zoo so she is our biggest source — for example we have an okapi, which is an obscure African animal, closely related to the giraffe, that I for one had never even heard of until recently), her monkey was her first love.

    The Sugar Must Come Before The Eggs: Monkey Cupcakes!

  • Besides being a bit of a weird-looking dude, the okapi is the only animal in the world that can clean its ears with its tongue.

    CNN Transcript Feb 11, 2005

  • CAFFERTY: The okapi is a relative of the giraffe, can be found in the nature of the rain forests in central Africa.

    CNN Transcript Feb 11, 2005

  • This is a new animal called the okapi, only discovered during the last fifty years in the dense forests of Africa, and its skin was stuffed and set up and is now here.

    The Children's Book of London

  • Does Daddy know that the okapi is a relative of the giraffe even though it looks much more like a horse or zebra?

    BBC News - Home

  • The Zoological Society is running a project in Congo aimed at preserving the okapi, which is often hunted for its skin.

    The Independent - Environment RSS Feed

  • Markings on the animal's legs resemble that of a zebra, but the okapi is a member of the giraffe family.

    Cincinnati.Com - All Local News

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