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hyrax

[ hahy-raks ]

noun

, plural hy·rax·es, hy·ra·ces [hahy, -r, uh, -seez].
  1. any of several species of small mammals of the order Hyracoidea, of Africa and the Mediterranean region, having short legs, ears, and tail, and hooflike nails on the toes.


hyrax

/ ˈhaɪræks /

noun

  1. any agile herbivorous mammal of the family Procaviidae and order Hyracoidea, of Africa and SW Asia, such as Procavia capensis ( rock hyrax ). They resemble rodents but have feet with hooflike toes Also calleddassie(South African)rock rabbit


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Word History and Origins

Origin of hyrax1

1825–35; < New Latin < Greek hýrax (genitive hýrakos ) shrewmouse
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Word History and Origins

Origin of hyrax1

C19: from New Latin, from Greek hurax shrewmouse; probably related to Latin sōrex
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Example Sentences

In situations which suit it, the Hyrax is very plentiful, and is much hunted by the natives, who esteem its flesh very highly.

These latter never possess a decidua, whereas Elephants and Hyrax are genuine Deciduata.

This is the hyrax, or coney, as it is called in the Bible, which almost anybody would mistake at first sight for a rodent.

The gall-bladder is usually present in mammals, but is wanting in the odd-toed ungulates (Perissodactyla) and Procavia (Hyrax).

The following account of the Hyrax has been furnished to me by Lt.-Col.

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