noun (1)

variant of topee

: a lightweight helmet-shaped hat made of pith or cork


noun (2)
to·​pi | \ ˈtō-pē How to pronounce topi (audio) \
plural topi or topis

Definition of topi (Entry 2 of 2)

: a sub-Saharan antelope (Damaliscus lunatus synonym D. korrigum) having a glossy usually reddish-brown coat with purplish-black and yellowish markings

Examples of topi in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Male topi antelopes, for example, falsely sound the alarm if a female starts to leave their display arenas. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Mar. 2021 Ungulates like impala, topi, zebra, buffalos, and warthogs continued to graze in the same areas as livestock, competing for food. Benedict Moran, National Geographic, 7 May 2019 Between 1983 and 1995, while the Lord’s Resistance Army terrorised Uganda, topi and roan, two species of antelope, were wiped out completely in the country’s Pian Upe reserve. The Economist, 11 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of topi

Noun (2)

1894, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for topi

Noun (2)

perhaps from Swahili

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“Topi.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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