Sunday, February 28, 2010
okapi \ō-ˈkä-pē\ noun: an African ungulate mammal (Okapia johnstoni) that is closely related to the giraffe but has a relatively short neck, a coat typically of solid reddish chestnut on the trunk, yellowish white on the cheeks, and purplish-black and cream rings on the upper parts of the legs
Etymology: Mvuba (language spoken west of Lake Edward, Democratic Republic of the Congo)
The definition is as accurate as a definition can be, but it won’t help much if you’ve never seen an okapi. At least there’s Goole image search.