Definitions for: Hyrax


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



Webster (1913) Definition: Hy"rax, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ? shrew mouse.] (Zo["o]l.)
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.

Synonyms: coney, cony, das, dassie

See Also: eutherian, eutherian mammal, family Procaviidae, placental, placental mammal, Procavia capensis, Procaviidae, rock hyrax, rock rabbit

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