Definitions for okapioʊˈkɑ pi
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
o•ka•pioʊˈkɑ pi(n.)(pl.)-pis; -pi.
a central African ruminant, Okapia johnstoni, of the same family as the giraffe, but smaller and with a much shorter neck.
Origin of okapi:
1900; < Bambuba (Mvu'ba), a language of the NE Democratic Republic of the Congo (or < a related Pygmy dial.)
okapi, Okapia johnstoni(noun)
similar to the giraffe but smaller with much shorter neck and stripe on the legs
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.
The okapi, Okapia johnstoni, is a giraffid artiodactyl mammal native to the Ituri Rainforest, located in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in Central Africa. Although the okapi bears striped markings reminiscent of zebras, it is most closely related to the giraffe. The animal was brought to prominent European attention by speculation on its existence found in popular press reports covering Henry Morton Stanley's journeys in 1887. Remains of a carcass were later sent to London by the English adventurer and colonial administrator Harry Johnston and became a media event in 1901. Today, about 10,000–20,000 remain in the wild and as of 2011, 42 different institutions display them worldwide.
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