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das·sie

 (dăs′ē)
n.
See hyrax.

[Afrikaans, diminutive of das, badger, from Middle Dutch; see teks- in Indo-European roots.]

dassie

(ˈdæsɪ)
n
(Animals) another name for a hyrax, esp the rock hyrax
[C19: from Afrikaans]

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.dassie - any of several small ungulate mammals of Africa and Asia with rodent-like incisors and feet with hooflike toesdassie - 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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