Main definitions of topi in US English:

: topi1topi2

topi1

(also topee)

noun

  • A hat, especially a sola topi.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘That means that when the guys in solar topees go home newly independent countries have to choose between charismatic and bureaucratic rule.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The simple creatures hope he will impale his solar topee on a tree.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The usual literary suspects trailed their solar topees and bar chits through here, starting with Joseph Conrad in 1887, the year of its opening.’

Origin

From Hindi ṭopī ‘hat’.

Pronunciation

topi

/ˈtoʊpi//ˈtōpē/

Main definitions of topi in US English:

: topi1topi2

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 sassaby

    • ‘Wildebeest, topi, warthog, and Grant's gazelle births differed from all predicted distributions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is closely related to topi and wildebeest, both of which show extreme birth synchrony.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Although rich with game the crater has no giraffe, impala or topi.’

Origin

Late 19th century: from Mende.

Pronunciation

topi

/ˈtoʊpi//ˈtōpē/