hyrax

Definitions:

  • Any of several herbivorous mammals of the family Procaviidae of Africa and the Middle East, resembling woodchucks or similar rodents but more closely related to the hoofed mammals.
  • The typical genus of the family <em>Hyracidæ</em> and order <em>Hyracoidea</em>, 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.
  • [<em>lowercase</em>] An animal of the genus <em>Hyrax.</em>
  • 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 (<spn>Hyrax Syriacus</spn>) of Palestine, and the klipdas (<spn>Hyrax capensis</spn>) of South Africa. Other species are <spn>Hyrax arboreus</spn> and <spn>Hyrax Sylvestris</spn>, the former from Southern, and the latter from Western, Africa. See <xref urlencoded="Daman">Daman</xref>.
  • any of several small, <xref>ungulate</xref> <xref>herbivorous</xref> <xref>mammals</xref>, of the <xref>order</xref> <xref>Hyracoidea</xref>, with a bulky frame and fang-like <xref>incisors</xref>; they are native to <xref>Africa</xref> and the <xref>Middle East</xref>.
  • any of several small ungulate mammals of Africa and Asia with rodent-like incisors and feet with hooflike toes
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