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okapi

[oh-kah-pee] /oʊˈkɑ pi/
noun, plural okapis (especially collectively) okapi.
1.
an African mammal, Okapia johnstoni, closely related to and resembling the giraffe, but smaller and with a much shorter neck.
Origin
Bambuba
1900
1900; < Bambuba (Mvu’ba), a Central Sudanic language of the NE Democratic Republic of the Congo (or < a related Pygmy dial.), according to English Africanist Harry Johnston (1858-1927), author of the first zoological descriptions of the animal
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  • Our system was okapi-based and built on a dual index technique, constructed based on our last year's work.
  • Giraffes need to recognize and mate with others of their own kind-and not, say, with antelopes or okapi.
British Dictionary definitions for okapi

okapi

/əʊˈkɑːpɪ/
noun (pl) -pis, -pi
1.
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
C20: from a Central African word
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Word Origin and History for okapi
n.

short-necked giraffe of central Africa, 1900, from the animal's name in Mbuba (Congo). Reported by English explorer Sir Harry Johnston (1858-1927).

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