horse family

[ hawrs-fam-uh-lee, fam-lee ]

noun
  1. the animal family Equidae, once comprised of more than 40 genera and now represented by one surviving genus, Equus: noted as capable runners with muscular bodies and long legs, Equus members include horses, donkeys, zebras, and all their subspecies and hybrids.

Origin of horse family

1
First recorded in 1855–60

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How to use horse family in a sentence

  • Equid, the horse family, a division of the odd-toed (perissodactyle) Ungulates or hoofed mammals.

  • By the end of the Eocene a three-toed genus of the horse family had appeared, as large as a sheep.

    The Elements of Geology | William Harmon Norton
  • In all respects the members of the horse family have become more and more horse-like in the course of time.

    Evolution | Joseph Le Conte
  • In the horse family every step of this reduction and consolidation may be traced in the course of its geological history.

    Evolution | Joseph Le Conte
  • The history of the horse family furnishes an excellent illustration of certain evolutionary changes among mammals.

    Geology | William J. Miller