horse family

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

  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

First recorded in 1855–60

Words Nearby horse family Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

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