okapi

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

An okapi (Okapia johnstoni).

Borrowed from Mvuba okapi.[1]

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Noun[edit]

okapi (plural okapi or okapis)

  1. 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 early 20th c.]
    Synonyms: Congolese giraffe, forest giraffe, zebra giraffe
    • 1901 September, Harry [i.e., Henry] H[amilton] Johnston, “The Okapi: The Newly-discovered Beast Living in Central Africa”, in McClure’s Magazine, volume XVII, number 5, New York, N.Y., London: S[amuel] S[idney] McClure Co., →OCLC, pages 498 and 499:
      [page 498, column 1] [I]n leading them [African Pygmies] back to the forests where they dwelt, I obtained much information from them on the subject of the horse-like animal which they called the "Okapi." [] [page 499, column 1] The coloration of the Okapi is quite extraordinary. [] The hind quarters, hind and fore legs are either snowy white or pale cream color, touched here and there with orange. They are boldly marked, however, with purple-black stripes and splodges, which give that zebra-like appearance to the limbs of the Okapi that caused the first imperfect account of it to indicate the discovery of a new striped horse.
    • 1902 November 18, C[harles] I[mmanuel] Forsyth Major, “On a Specimen of the Okapi Lately Received at Brussels”, in Proceedings of the Scientific Meetings of the Zoological Society of London, volume I, London: [] [Zoological] Society [of London]; Messrs. Longmans, Green, and Co., [], →ISSN, →OCLC, page 344:
      Personally I esteem it a more fascinating and a more important task to investigate the relations of the Okapi with the Giraffe on the one hand, and its fossil relatives on the other.
    • 1904, Saki [pseudonym; Hector Hugh Munro], “Reginald’s Christmas Revel”, in Reginald, London: Methuen & Co. [], →OCLC, page 98:
      [O]ne day I quite modestly gave the dimensions of an okapi I had shot in the Lincolnshire fens. The Major turned a beautiful Tyrian scarlet (I remember thinking at the time that I should like my bathroom hung in that colour), and I think that at that moment he almost found it in his heart to dislike me.
    • 1915 August 26, H[enry] H[amilton] Johnston, “Life Habits of the Okapi”, in Nature: A Weekly Illustrated Journal of Science, volume 95, number 2391, London: Macmillan and Co.; New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company, →OCLC, page 714, column 1:
      Dr. [Cuthbert] Christy adds his testimony to that of his predecessors in the same quest as to the "invisibility" of the okapi, whose markings and coloration—pace Colonel Theodore Roosevelt—so break up the surface of its large body and long legs as to cause it to fuse with the dark-brown, russet, while and yellow-white of the twigs and stems and leaf-stalks amongst which it moves. He also points out that the hoofs of the okapi are so closely pressed together that the footprint is almost like that of the single-toed donkey.
    • 1922 May, T[homas] Alexander Barns, “To the Game-haunted Solitudes of Ruchuru and Ruindi Plains”, in The Wonderland of the Eastern Congo: The Region of the Snow-crowned Volcanoes, the Pygmies, the Giant Gorilla and the Okapi, London, New York, N.Y.: G[eorge] P[almer] Putnam’s Sons, →OCLC, page 99:
      I also took out a licence to shoot small game, costing fifty francs, which can be obtained on the spot, and under which I was able to shoot all kinds of game, excepting elephants, chimpanzis, gorillas and okapis.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ okapi, n.”, in OED Online Paid subscription required, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, June 2021; “okapi, n.”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–2022.

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Czech[edit]

Czech Wikipedia has an article on:
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Alternative forms[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

okapi f or m anim

  1. okapi (large ruminant mammal)

Declension[edit]

when masculine:

Indeclinable when feminine.

Further reading[edit]

  • okapi in Příruční slovník jazyka českého, 1935–1957
  • okapi in Slovník spisovného jazyka českého, 1960–1971, 1989

Dutch[edit]

Dutch Wikipedia has an article on:
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Etymology[edit]

From Mvuba okapi.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: oka‧pi

Noun[edit]

okapi m (plural okapi's, diminutive okapietje n)

  1. okapi

Finnish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English okapi, from Mvuba okapi.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈokɑpi/, [ˈo̞kɑ̝pi]
  • Rhymes: -okɑpi
  • Syllabification(key): o‧ka‧pi

Noun[edit]

okapi

  1. okapi

Declension[edit]

Inflection of okapi (Kotus type 5/risti, no gradation)
nominative okapi okapit
genitive okapin okapien
partitive okapia okapeja
illative okapiin okapeihin
singular plural
nominative okapi okapit
accusative nom. okapi okapit
gen. okapin
genitive okapin okapien
partitive okapia okapeja
inessive okapissa okapeissa
elative okapista okapeista
illative okapiin okapeihin
adessive okapilla okapeilla
ablative okapilta okapeilta
allative okapille okapeille
essive okapina okapeina
translative okapiksi okapeiksi
abessive okapitta okapeitta
instructive okapein
comitative See the possessive forms below.
Possessive forms of okapi (Kotus type 5/risti, no gradation)
first-person singular possessor
singular plural
nominative okapini okapini
accusative nom. okapini okapini
gen. okapini
genitive okapini okapieni
partitive okapiani okapejani
inessive okapissani okapeissani
elative okapistani okapeistani
illative okapiini okapeihini
adessive okapillani okapeillani
ablative okapiltani okapeiltani
allative okapilleni okapeilleni
essive okapinani okapeinani
translative okapikseni okapeikseni
abessive okapittani okapeittani
instructive
comitative okapeineni
second-person singular possessor
singular plural
nominative okapisi okapisi
accusative nom. okapisi okapisi
gen. okapisi
genitive okapisi okapiesi
partitive okapiasi okapejasi
inessive okapissasi okapeissasi
elative okapistasi okapeistasi
illative okapiisi okapeihisi
adessive okapillasi okapeillasi
ablative okapiltasi okapeiltasi
allative okapillesi okapeillesi
essive okapinasi okapeinasi
translative okapiksesi okapeiksesi
abessive okapittasi okapeittasi
instructive
comitative okapeinesi
first-person plural possessor
singular plural
nominative okapimme okapimme
accusative nom. okapimme okapimme
gen. okapimme
genitive okapimme okapiemme
partitive okapiamme okapejamme
inessive okapissamme okapeissamme
elative okapistamme okapeistamme
illative okapiimme okapeihimme
adessive okapillamme okapeillamme
ablative okapiltamme okapeiltamme
allative okapillemme okapeillemme
essive okapinamme okapeinamme
translative okapiksemme okapeiksemme
abessive okapittamme okapeittamme
instructive
comitative okapeinemme
second-person plural possessor
singular plural
nominative okapinne okapinne
accusative nom. okapinne okapinne
gen. okapinne
genitive okapinne okapienne
partitive okapianne okapejanne
inessive okapissanne okapeissanne
elative okapistanne okapeistanne
illative okapiinne okapeihinne
adessive okapillanne okapeillanne
ablative okapiltanne okapeiltanne
allative okapillenne okapeillenne
essive okapinanne okapeinanne
translative okapiksenne okapeiksenne
abessive okapittanne okapeittanne
instructive
comitative okapeinenne
third-person possessor
singular plural
nominative okapinsa okapinsa
accusative nom. okapinsa okapinsa
gen. okapinsa
genitive okapinsa okapiensa
partitive okapiaan
okapiansa
okapejaan
okapejansa
inessive okapissaan
okapissansa
okapeissaan
okapeissansa
elative okapistaan
okapistansa
okapeistaan
okapeistansa
illative okapiinsa okapeihinsa
adessive okapillaan
okapillansa
okapeillaan
okapeillansa
ablative okapiltaan
okapiltansa
okapeiltaan
okapeiltansa
allative okapilleen
okapillensa
okapeilleen
okapeillensa
essive okapinaan
okapinansa
okapeinaan
okapeinansa
translative okapikseen
okapiksensa
okapeikseen
okapeiksensa
abessive okapittaan
okapittansa
okapeittaan
okapeittansa
instructive
comitative okapeineen
okapeinensa

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French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

okapi m (plural okapis)

  1. okapi

Further reading[edit]

Japanese[edit]

Romanization[edit]

okapi

  1. Rōmaji transcription of オカピ

Polish[edit]

Polish Wikipedia has an article on:
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okapi

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Mvuba okapi.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɔˈka.pi/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -api
  • Syllabification: o‧ka‧pi

Noun[edit]

okapi m animal or f or n (indeclinable)

  1. okapi (Okapia johnstoni)

Further reading[edit]

  • okapi in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • okapi in Polish dictionaries at PWN

Spanish[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /oˈkapi/ [oˈka.pi]
  • Rhymes: -api
  • Syllabification: o‧ka‧pi

Noun[edit]

okapi m (plural okapis)

  1. okapi

Further reading[edit]