from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A ruminant forest mammal (Okapia johnstoni) of the Congo River basin in Africa, related to the giraffe but smaller and having a short neck, reddish-brown body, creamy white cheeks, and whitish stripes and bands on the legs.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A peculiar mammal (Okapia johnstoni) closely related to the giraffe, discovered in the deep forests of Belgian Congo in 1900. It is smaller than an ox, and somewhat like a giraffe, except that the neck is much shorter. Like the giraffe, it has no dewclaws. There is a small prominence on each frontal bone of the male. The color of the body is chiefly reddish chestnut, the cheeks are yellowish white, and the fore and hind legs above the knees and the haunches are striped with purplish black and cream color.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A member of the giraffe family, discovered by Sir Harry Johnston, in 1902, in the forest region near Lake Albert, Africa.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. similar to the giraffe but smaller with much shorter neck and stripe on the legs
Perhaps of Mvuba (Nilo-Saharan language of Congo) origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)