Hyrax
Hyrax 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 ({Hyrax Syriacus}) of Palestine, and the klipdas ({Hyrax capensis}) of South Africa. Other species are {Hyrax arboreus} and {Hyrax Sylvestris}, the former from Southern, and the latter from Western, Africa. See {Daman}.

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Hyrax — Hyrax, s. Klippschliefer …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • hyrax — ► NOUN ▪ a small short tailed herbivorous mammal, found in Africa and Arabia. ORIGIN Greek hurax shrew mouse …   English terms dictionary

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  • hyrax — /ˈhaɪræks/ (say huyraks) noun (plural hyraxes or hyraces /ˈhaɪrəsiz/ (say huyruhseez)) any of a number of small, timid mammals of Africa and south western Asia, superficially resembling rodents, but having tiny hoofs and other distinctive… …   Australian English dictionary

  • hyrax — noun Etymology: Greek hyrak , hyrax shrew Date: 1832 any of a family (Procaviidae) of small ungulate mammals of Africa and the Middle East characterized by thickset body with short legs and ears and rudimentary tail, feet with soft pads and broad …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • hyrax — (i raks ) s. m. Terme de zoologie. Nom moderne du genre daman (pachydermes), dans lequel on distingue l hyrax du Cap, dit vulgairement daman, dont la taille approche de celle du lapin. ÉTYMOLOGIE    Terme grec signifiant souris …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

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