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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.]
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]
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]
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|Noun||1.||hyrax - 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