pl. -·pis or -·pi
an African ruminant (Okapia johnstoni) in the same family (Giraffidae) as the giraffe, but having a much shorter neck
Origin of okapinative African name
nounpl. okapi or o·ka·pis
A ruminant mammal (Okapia johnstoni) of the central African rainforest, having a reddish-brown body, whitish-gray cheeks, horizontal whitish stripes on the legs and hindquarters, and short horns in the male. The okapi is closely related to the giraffe.
Origin of okapiPerhaps of Mvuba (Nilo-Saharan language of Congo) origin.
From Mvuba okapi.