noun, plural okapis (especially collectively) okapi.
an African mammal, Okapia johnstoni, closely related to and resembling the giraffe, but smaller and with a much shorter neck.

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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okapi (əʊˈkɑːpɪ)
n , pl -pis, -pi
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
[C20: from a Central African word]

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