Definitions for hyraxˈhaɪ ræks; -rəˌsiz
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
hy•raxˈhaɪ ræks; -rəˌsiz(n.)(pl.)-rax•es, -ra•ces
any small, short-legged mammal of the order Hyracoidea, of Africa and SW Asia, having hooflike nails on the toes.
Ref: Also called dassie.
Origin of hyrax:
1825–35; < NL < Gk hýrax, s. hýrak- shrewmouse
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
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.
Origin: From ὕραξ.
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