Okapi meaning

ō-käpē
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An African ruminant (Okapia johnstoni) in the same family (Giraffidae) as the giraffe, but having a much shorter neck.
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A large ruminant mammal, Okapia johnstoni, found in the rainforests of the Congo, related to the giraffe, but with a much shorter neck, a reddish brown coat and zebra-like stripes on its hindquarters.
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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.
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Origin of okapi

  • Perhaps of Mvuba (Nilo-Saharan language of Congo) origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Mvuba okapi.

    From Wiktionary