- the earliest known horse, a member of the extinct genus Hyracotherium (Eohippus), from the early Eocene Epoch of the Northern Hemisphere; a terrier-sized herbivore having four hoofed toes on each forefoot and three on each hind foot, and low-crowned teeth.
Origin of eohippus
Examples from the Web for eohippus
Historical Examples of eohippus
Eohippus, the dawn horse, is the name given a skeleton found in 1880 in the lower Eocene strata in Wyoming.Earth and Sky Every Child Should Know
Julia Ellen Rogers
In the Lower Eocene are found the remains of a diminutive ungulate (Eohippus), of the stature of a moderately-sized dog.The Chain of Life in Geological Time
Sir J. William Dawson
The oldest of these creatures that lead to the horses is called Eohippus or beginning horse.
He would not be more astonished than would the ancient Eohippus on meeting with a modern dray-horse.Theism or Atheism
Orohippus was but little larger than Eohippus, and in most other respects very similar.Darwinism (1889)
Alfred Russel Wallace
- the earliest horse: an extinct Eocene dog-sized animal of the genus with four-toed forelegs, three-toed hindlegs, and teeth specialized for browsing
Word Origin for eohippus
- See hyracotherium.