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[das-ee, dah-see]
  1. hyrax.
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Origin of dassie

1780–90; < Afrikaans, diminutive of das; see das
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Historical Examples of dassie

  • The witnesses in this case are all natives residing at Dassie Klip, who knew the assailants well.

    The War in South Africa

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • At the Cape they are known to the Dutch as dass (badger), which has been anglicized into “dassie.”

British Dictionary definitions for dassie


  1. another name for a hyrax, esp the rock hyrax
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Word Origin for dassie

C19: from Afrikaans
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