Definition of okapi in English:


Syllabification: o·ka·pi
Pronunciation: /ōˈkäpē

noun (plural same or okapis)

A large browsing mammal of the giraffe family that lives in the rain forests of the northern Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire). It has a dark chestnut coat with stripes on the hindquarters and upper legs.
  • Okapia johnstoni, family Giraffidae
More example sentences
  • This family includes only two living species, the giraffe and the okapi.
  • Important studies on elephants, gorillas, chimpanzees and rare and elusive ungulates such as the okapi and duiker have been ongoing for decades.
  • In the groves of Africa from their natural wonder the wildebeest, zebra, the okapi, the elephant, have entered the marvelous.


early 20th century: a local word.

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