Definitions for hyraxˈhaɪ ræks; -rəˌsiz

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

hy•raxˈhaɪ ræks; -rəˌsiz(n.)(pl.)-rax•es, -ra•ces

  1. any small, short-legged mammal of the order Hyracoidea, of Africa and SW Asia, having hooflike nails on the toes.

    Category: Mammals

    Ref: Also called dassie.

Origin of hyrax:

1825–35; < NL < Gk hýrax, s. hýrak- shrewmouse

Princeton's WordNet

  1. hyrax, coney, cony, dassie, das(noun)

    any of several small ungulate mammals of Africa and Asia with rodent-like incisors and feet with hooflike toes


  1. hyrax(Noun)

    any of several small, ungulate herbivorous mammals, of the order Hyracoidea, with a bulky frame and fang-like incisors; they are native to Africa and the Middle East.

  2. Origin: From ὕραξ.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hyrax(noun)

    any animal of the genus Hyrax, of which about four species are known. They constitute the order Hyracoidea. The best known species are the daman (H. Syriacus) of Palestine, and the klipdas (H. capensis) of South Africa. Other species are H. arboreus and H. Sylvestris, the former from Southern, and the latter from Western, Africa. See Daman


  1. Hyrax

    A hyrax is any species of fairly small, thickset, herbivorous mammals in the order Hyracoidea. The rock hyrax Procavia capensis, the yellow-spotted rock hyrax Heterohyrax brucei, the western tree hyrax Dendrohyrax dorsalis, and the southern tree hyrax, Dendrohyrax arboreus live in Africa and the Middle East. Hyraxes are well-furred, rotund creatures with short tails. Most measure between 30 and 70 cm long and weigh between 2 and 5 kg. They are often mistaken for rodents, but in actuality are more closely related to elephants.


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