Definition of Hyrax

1. Noun. Any of several small ungulate mammals of Africa and Asia with rodent-like incisors and feet with hooflike toes.

Exact synonyms: Coney, Cony, Das, Dassie
Generic synonyms: Eutherian, Eutherian Mammal, Placental, Placental Mammal
Group relationships: Family Procaviidae, Procaviidae
Specialized synonyms: Procavia Capensis, Rock Hyrax, Rock Rabbit



Definition of Hyrax

1. n. 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.

Definition of Hyrax

1. 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. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Hyrax

1. a small, harelike mammal [n -RAXES or -RACES]

Medical Definition of Hyrax

1. 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. Origin: NL, fr. Gr. Shrew mouse. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Hyrax

hypsometric
hypsometrical
hypsometry
hypsophyll
hypsophylls
hypural
hypural joint
hypurgia
hypusine
hypæthral
hypæthric
hyraces
hyracoid
hyracoidea
hyracoids
hyrax (current term)
hyraxes
hyrse
hyrst
hyson
hysons
hyssop
hyssop loosestrife
hyssop oil
hyssops
hysteralgia
hysteranthous
hysteratresia
hysterectomies
hysterectomized

Literary usage of Hyrax

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1. St. Nicholas by Mary Mapes Dodge (1881)
"MASTER hyrax. BY HENRIETTA H. HOLDICH. UNCLE JOE was taking a nap in the big easy- chair. ... Harold, do you know why the hyrax is without a tail ? ..."

2. Penny Cyclopaedia of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge by Charles Knight (1838)
"And it is interesting to find that while the facie* of hyrax so far simulates that of a Rodent as to have deceived the older naturalists, ..."

3. The Journal of Anatomy and Physiology by Anatomical Society of Great Britain and Ireland (1898)
"I am unfortunately unable to give the species of the hyrax examined. Thomas limits the western range of Procavia capensis to the neighbourhood of Cape Town, ..."

4. Catalogue of Carnivorous, Pachydermatous, and Edentate Mammalia in the by John Edward Gray (1869)
"hyrax. Skull with a distinct narrow sagittal crest on hinder part of crown when adult; nose short. Diastema short, not equal in length to the outer sides of ..."

5. The English Cyclopaedia by Charles Knight (1867)
"And it is interesting to find that while the faciès of hyrax во far simulates ... In hyrax two- thirds of the stomach, on the cardiac side, are lined with a ..."

6. The American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge by George Ripley, Charles Anderson Dana (1883)
"The genus hyrax (Hermann) is the only one in the family, and contains four or five species. The body is covered with short, thick for, with a few long ..."

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