from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In India, a hat or cap.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun An antelope (Damaliscus corrigum jimela) having a glossy purplish brown coat. It is related to the blesbok and is native of East Africa. Also, any of various related varieties of other districts south of the Sahara.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An antelope of the species Damaliscus korrigum.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a large South African antelope; considered the swiftest hoofed mammal
  • noun a lightweight hat worn in tropical countries for protection from the sun


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  • I was thinking of the kind of antelope, which presumably is not worn as a hat, but for all I know that may be at least as common a sense.

    November 29, 2007

  • And the hat that the antelope would wear would presumably be called a topkapi.

    November 29, 2007

  • From Malay. There's a children's song which goes:

    Topi saya bundar

    Bundar topi saya

    Kalau tidak bundar

    Bukan topi saya.

    My hat is round

    Round is my hat

    If it were not round

    It would not be my hat.

    Used to teach the difference between the two negations and indeed between two kinds of nominal phrases. Now that's a hat.

    November 29, 2007

  • Topkapi? Haha!

    November 29, 2007

  • Or a topkepi?

    November 29, 2007