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topi1

[toh-pee, toh-pee] /toʊˈpi, ˈtoʊ pi/
noun, plural topis.
1.

topi2

[toh-pee] /ˈtoʊ pi/
noun, plural topis.
1.
an antelope, Damaliscus lunatus, of east-central Africa, having bluish-black and yellow markings.
Origin of topi2
1905-1910
1905-10; said to be < Swahili

topee

or topi

[toh-pee, toh-pee] /toʊˈpi, ˈtoʊ pi/
noun
1.
(in India) a lightweight helmet or sun hat made from the pith of the sola plant.
Origin
1825-35; < Hindi ṭopī hat
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Examples from the Web for topi
Historical Examples
  • "Get my topi, boy, and order the gari quickly," the memsahib called to her bearer.

    In Kali's Country Emily Churchill Thompson Sheets
  • The topi's nearest relations are the sasseby, the tiang, and the korrigum.

    In Africa John T. McCutcheon
  • He thought, further, to prove his sincerity to me by saying he was ready to wear a topi (hat) instead of a turban.

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

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

  • 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
  • Outboard popped a ruddy little face, set in the green circle of a topi, and contorted with laughter.

    Dragon's blood Henry Milner Rideout
  • What the correspondent meant to say was that the colonel had secured a sing-sing waterbuck and a topi.

    In Africa John T. McCutcheon
  • 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 John T. McCutcheon
  • The topi is something like the hartebeest, but much more beautiful and much more rare.

    In Africa John T. McCutcheon
British Dictionary definitions for topi

topi1

/ˈtəʊpɪ/
noun (pl) -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

/ˈtəʊpiː; -pɪ/
noun (pl) -pis
1.
another name for pith helmet
Word Origin
C19: from Hindi: hat

topee

/ˈtəʊpiː; -pɪ/
noun (pl) -pees, -pis
1.
another name for pith helmet
Word Origin
C19: from Hindi topī hat
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