okapi

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n okapi similar to the giraffe but smaller with much shorter neck and stripe on the legs
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n okapi 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n okapi A member of the giraffe family, discovered by Sir Harry Johnston, in 1902, in the forest region near Lake Albert, Africa. The general form of the okapi, which has been named Okapia johnstoni, is much like that of the giraffe, but the animal is decidedly smaller, and the neck and legs are shorter. The upper parts are dark purplish brown; forehead and ears reddish; sides of face nearly white; legs buff, the flanks and upper parts marked with horizontal blackish stripes resembling those of a zebra. It was described by Sclater in 1901 as Equus johnstoni, from two fragments of skin, and later by Lankester as Okapia johnstoni, from a skin and two skulls. All these specimens were secured by Sir Harry Johnston.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Okapi ō′ka-pi a giraffe-like animal of the Semliki forests of Central Africa.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Native name on the borders of Belgian Congo, possibly the same word as Mpongwe okapo, lean

Usage

In literature:

In Belgium, where my organ-grinder took me five years ago, they had an okapi in a big city they call Antwerp.
"The Story of Doctor Dolittle" by Hugh Lofting
As a species in point, consider the okapi.
"Our Vanishing Wild Life" by William T. Hornaday
Ah, and as I say if you go on far enough you may run against okapis.
"Dead Man's Land" by George Manville Fenn
An okapi is worth a hundred other animals of any kind that one can name.
"With Airship and Submarine" by Harry Collingwood
The Okapi lives in pairs in the deepest recesses of the forest.
"The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia" by Frank Evers Beddard
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In news:

On June 24, bandits raided the village of Epulu in the Democratic Republic of Congo , killing seven people and fourteen okapis.
Two of the victims were guards for the Okapi Faunal Reserve, a conservation area WCS helped to create in 1992.
Like giraffes, the okapis have long pregnancies.
The Antwerp Zoo in Belgium welcomed a new born okapi , a distant relative of the giraffe.
Disney's Animal Kingdom welcomes baby okapi .
A 35-pound baby femail okapi was born June 21, 2012 at Disney's Animal Kingdom.
Rare baby okapi born at Brookfield Zoo.
A female okapi -- also known as a "forest giraffe"-- was born on April 27 at Brookfield Zoo.
So she's healthy but you have to wonder about an okapi 's appearance.
Survival of wild okapis , native to the dense Ituri Forest of the Democratic Republic of Congo, is threatened by volatile political and military conditions, according to the zoo's release.
It's unknown how many okapis live in the wild, the zoo said.
Disney's Animal Kingdom welcomes baby okapi.
A 35-pound baby femail okapi was born June 21, 2012 at Disney's Animal Kingdom .
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In science:

We incorporate some standard scores functions that haven‘t available in the original code. The first function is bm25score() that uses Okapi bm25 algorithm , an algorithm that calculates the frequencies of appearance of query terms in the pages with assumption that each term is independent.
Design and Implementation of a Simple Web Search Engine
Improving document clustering using Okapi BM25 feature weighting.
Document Clustering Evaluation: Divergence from a Random Baseline
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