hyrax definition

  • noun:
    • some of a few herbivorous animals regarding the household Procaviidae in the order Hyraoidea of Africa and adjacent Asia, resembling woodchucks or comparable rats but more closely pertaining to the hoofed animals. Also referred to as coney1, dassie.
    • some of several small, ungulate herbivorous mammals, associated with the order Hyracoidea, with a bulky frame and fang-like incisors; they are native to Africa and Middle East.
    • Any pet associated with genus Hyrax, that about four species are known. They constitute the order Hyracoidea. The very best known species are the daman (Hyrax Syriacus) of Palestine, plus the klipdas (Hyrax capensis) of Southern Africa. Other species tend to be Hyrax arboreus and Hyrax Sylvestris, the previous from Southern, and also the latter from Western, Africa. See Daman.
    • The typical genus of the family Hyracid√¶ and order Hyracoidea, having the molar teeth like those of a rhinoceros in pattern, the lower incisors only slightly notched, the upper incisors approximated, and the upper lip cleft.
    • [lowercase] An animal associated with the genus Hyrax.
    • any of a number of little ungulate animals of Africa and Asia with rodent-like incisors and feet with hooflike toes

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