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[hahy-ruh-koh-theer-ee-uh m] /ˌhaɪ rə koʊˈθɪər i əm/
noun, plural hyracotheria
[hahy-ruh-koh-theer-ee-uh] /ˌhaɪ rə koʊˈθɪər i ə/ (Show IPA)
Also, hyracothere [hahy-ruh-koh-theer] /ˈhaɪ rə koʊˌθɪər/ (Show IPA).
Origin of hyracotherium
< New Latin (1840): a genus name; see hyrax, -o-, -there Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Plural hyracotheria
A small primitive horse that lived about 50 million years ago during the early Eocene Epoch. It had three or four hoofed toes on each foot and is considered by some to be the ancestor of modern horses. It is sometimes called the "dawn horse," a translation of its earlier scientific name, Eohippus.
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