Main definitions of topi in English

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topi1

(also topee)

noun

  • 1

    short for sola topi
    • ‘All his work in recruiting locals who still sport solar topees and spill their first G & T of the day in a loyal toast to the Queen Empress will unravel.’
    • ‘So mistakenly they went and bought me armfuls of tropical kit: solar topees, boots to keep mosquitoes out at night, riding britches, God knows what.’
    • ‘The usual literary suspects trailed their solar topees and bar chits through here, starting with Joseph Conrad in 1887, the year of its opening.’
    • ‘Donaldson, wearing a topee, a black T-shirt and a pair of three quarter pants, together with Murray and James, stood calmly before John as she read the charges against them.’
    • ‘Slightly apart stand a line of khaki-clad men, ancients with grizzled beards and yellow, rheumy eyes, dressed in tattered uniforms and battered solar topis.’
    • ‘The simple creatures hope he will impale his solar topee on a tree.’
    • ‘That means that when the guys in solar topees go home newly independent countries have to choose between charismatic and bureaucratic rule.’
    • ‘The British infantry adopted the spiked, cloth-covered cork helmet in 1878 and covered it in khaki drill cloth for wear in hot climates - creating the first of the solar topis.’
    1. 1.1Indian A hat or cap.
      ‘her goal was to knit Masroor a woollen topi before the winter set in’
      • ‘Pictures in the media always show a burqa clad woman or a man with a topi - these are the images, which the media perpetuates.’
      • ‘Wearing the Khan dress of kurta-pyjama and the Kashmiri suzandar topi, the group enjoyed every bit of their stay at the village.’
      • ‘Forster wears a kurta and topi with a jaunty ease overlaid by slight self-consciousness; there is no air of fancy dress, though he retains a certain Englishness about the legs.’
      • ‘Kurtas, lachas, turbans, topis, and bags in bright colours stormed the ramp.’
      • ‘Clad in a white kurta-pyjama and a Gandhi topi, he brags about his contribution to the 10-lakh voters in the constituency.’
      • ‘Our cooks are even wearing their traditional gear - for instance, a panche and a Gandhi topi,’ said the chief executive officer of Nammura Hotel.’
      • ‘Now, there are Banjara women begging, wizened old men in white dhotis and Gandhi topis turned a dirty brown, children who ask for alms with the clear diffidence of newcomers to the street.’
      • ‘One textbook defined communal harmony with three schoolboys, Ram, Rahim and Robert - Hindu, Muslim and Christian - distinguished by their turban, topi and hat respectively!’
      • ‘Sporting a white flowing beard, clad in traditional achkan and topi, he walked into my house.’
      • ‘From Shivaji's ‘pagh’ to Lokmanya Tilak's head-gear to Brahman and Parsi topi, Awantilal says the ‘pagri’ is more than just a apparel.’
      • ‘Your efficiency in tearing the Nation apart is commendable, you, with your white topis and white kurtas and white beards and black hearts.’
      • ‘But what caught my attention was a roadside tailor stitching Gandhi topis which most of the gents wear here for playing Holi.’

Origin

From Hindi ṭopī ‘hat’.

Pronunciation

topi

/ˈtəʊpi/

Main definitions of topi in English

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topi2

noun

  • A large African antelope related to the hartebeests, with a pattern of bold black patches on a reddish coat, and thick ridged horns.

    Damaliscus lunatus, family Bovidae, in particular the race D. l. topi of East Africa. Compare with tsessebi

    • ‘Thus, at one extreme there is a group of species that had high Kolmogorov-Smirnov values and that differed from all predicted distributions by having short, synchronized seasons (wildebeest, topi, warthog, and Grant's gazelle).’
    • ‘For the six grazing species with precocial young (wildebeest, topi, kongoni, warthog, buffalo, zebra), Fig 3. shows the frequency distribution of births.’
    • ‘Across the open grasslands are scattered various members of the antelope family - horned bushbucks, waterbucks, eland, topi, gazelle and impala.’
    • ‘Although rich with game the crater has no giraffe, impala or topi.’
    • ‘It is closely related to topi and wildebeest, both of which show extreme birth synchrony.’
    • ‘In this study on lek-breeding topi antelopes, I investigate whether female mating preferences have consequences for male investment in harassment and whether harassing males are more likely to succeed in mating.’
    • ‘Add up all the lions, elephants, warthogs, giraffes, gazelles, zebras, impalas, topis and hyenas that live on these plains and they fail to outnumber the gnus.’
    • ‘Wildebeest, topi, warthog, and Grant's gazelle births differed from all predicted distributions.’
    • ‘Male topi, Damaliscus lunatus, defend core areas within large home ranges at low population densities and wooded habitat, but they form leks at high population densities in open grasslands.’

Origin

Late 19th century: from Mende.

Pronunciation

topi

/ˈtəʊpi/