eohippus

[ ee-oh-hip-uh s ]
/ ˌi oʊˈhɪp əs /

noun

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.

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Also called dawn horse, hyracotherium, hyracothere.

Origin of eohippus

1875–80; < New Latin, equivalent to eo- eo- + Greek híppos horse

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British Dictionary definitions for eohippus

eohippus
/ (ˌiːəʊˈhɪpəs) /

noun plural -puses

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

C19: New Latin, from eo- + Greek hippos horse
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Scientific definitions for eohippus

eohippus
[ ē′ō-hĭpəs ]

See hyracotherium.
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