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hy·rax

 (hī′răks′)
n. pl. hy·rax·es or hy·ra·ces (-rə-sēz′)
Any of several herbivorous mammals of the family Procaviidae of Africa and the Middle East, resembling woodchucks or similar rodents but more closely related to the hoofed mammals. Also called coney1, dassie.

[New Latin, from Greek hurax, shrew mouse.]

hyrax

(ˈhaɪræks)
n, pl hyraxes or hyraces (ˈhaɪrəˌsiːz)
(Animals) any agile herbivorous mammal of the family Procaviidae and order Hyracoidea, of Africa and SW Asia, such as Procavia capensis (rock hyrax). They resemble rodents but have feet with hooflike toes. Also called: dassie or rock rabbit (South African)
[C19: from New Latin, from Greek hurax shrewmouse; probably related to Latin sōrex]

hy•rax

(ˈhaɪ ræks)

n., pl. -rax•es, -ra•ces (-rəˌsiz)
any small, short-legged mammal of the order Hyracoidea, of Africa and SW Asia, having hooflike nails on the toes.
Also called dassie.
[1825–35; < New Latin < Greek hýrax, s. hýrak- shrewmouse]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hyrax - any of several small ungulate mammals of Africa and Asia with rodent-like incisors and feet with hooflike toeshyrax - any of several small ungulate mammals of Africa and Asia with rodent-like incisors and feet with hooflike toes
eutherian, eutherian mammal, placental, placental mammal - mammals having a placenta; all mammals except monotremes and marsupials
family Procaviidae, Procaviidae - includes all recent members of the order Hyracoidea
Procavia capensis, rock hyrax, rock rabbit - hyrax that lives in rocky areas
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