Definitions

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

  • n. A pith helmet worn for protection against sun and heat.
  • n. A sassaby (Damaliscus lunatus subsp. topi) of eastern Africa having a glossy dark brown coat.

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  • n. An antelope of the species Damaliscus korrigum.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An antelope (Damaliscus corrigum jimela) having a glossy purplish brown coat. It is related to the blesbok and is native of East Africa. Also, any of various related varieties of other districts south of the Sahara.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In India, a hat or cap.

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

  • n. a large South African antelope; considered the swiftest hoofed mammal
  • n. a lightweight hat worn in tropical countries for protection from the sun

Etymologies

Hindi ṭopī, hat.
Probably of Swahili origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The American paragraphers also had fun with the word "topi," for they thought a topi was a sun hat much worn in the hot countries.

    In Africa Hunting Adventures in the Big Game Country

  • And above all, there seems to have been no official protest and no feeling that the abandonment of the topi was a subtle blow at white prestige.

    As I Please

  • Knots of smiling men, dapper in their dhaka topi hats, press their palms together to greet old friends.

    Telegraph.co.uk - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • January 17th, 2009 at 11: 26 am Said: fcuk u nepalis aka topi aka Bhaate …. did you all eat your morning bhaat?

    United We Blog! for a Democratic Nepal

  • In consecinta este incorect sa vorbesti despre temperatura obtinuta in laborator; iar apoi sa spui ca protonii s-ar putea "topi" este o mare bazaconie.

    Hotnews.ro

  • The ranger who found her told Neal what he could read from the ground, that she had cut straight through the herd, a terrible mistake, because the topi antelope were nearing the end of their rut and the hyenas, there to pick off the weaker males as they collapsed from exhaustion, were waiting for her at the crest of the hill.

    The Laugh

  • How to earn money from blogging controversial topi ...

    Archive 2008-11-01

  • Within the St. Floris region, the most abundant large mammals seem to be kob Kobus kob, hartebeest Alcelaphus buselaphus and grey duiker Sylvicapra grimmia, with other fairly abundant ungulates including waterbuck Kobus ellipsiprymnus, oribi Ourebia ourebi, topi Damaliscus lunatus, reedbuck Redunca redunca, roan antelope Hippotragus equines and giant eland Taurotragus derbianus; also buffalo Syncerus caffer, warthog Phacochoerus aethiopicus and hippopotamus Hippopotamus amphibius.

    Manovo-Gounda-St Floris National Park, Central African Republic

  • Most men of substance wore the Nepali national dress, the daura suruwal, thin cotton pants that while tight against the ankles then billowed out, a dark Nehru-like jacket, and the ubiquitous topi, a pillbox hat.

    Laurence Leamer: Return to Shangri-La

  • Other uncommon animals are an isolated population of 30-40 chimpanzees Pan troglodytes schweinfurthi (E) in the southern lava field forest of Tongo, and in the north, a small relict population of okapi Okapia johnstoni (LR), topi Damaliscus korrigum (LR), forest hog Hylochoerus meinertzhageni and bongo Tragelaphus euryceros (LR); also three species of pangolin Manis spp. and the aardvark Orycteropus afer.

    Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo

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  • Or a topkepi?

    November 29, 2007

  • Topkapi? Haha!

    November 29, 2007

  • From Malay. There's a children's song which goes:
    Topi saya bundar
    Bundar topi saya
    Kalau tidak bundar
    Bukan topi saya.

    My hat is round
    Round is my hat
    If it were not round
    It would not be my hat.

    Used to teach the difference between the two negations and indeed between two kinds of nominal phrases. Now that's a hat.

    November 29, 2007

  • And the hat that the antelope would wear would presumably be called a topkapi.

    November 29, 2007

  • I was thinking of the kind of antelope, which presumably is not worn as a hat, but for all I know that may be at least as common a sense.

    November 29, 2007