from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several herbivorous mammals of the family Procaviidae within the order Hyraoidea of Africa and adjacent Asia, resembling woodchucks or similar rodents but more closely related to the hoofed mammals. Also called coney1, dassie.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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 (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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The typical genus of the family Hyracidæ 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.
- n. [lowercase] An animal of the genus Hyrax.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of several small ungulate mammals of Africa and Asia with rodent-like incisors and feet with hooflike toes
New Latin, from Greek hurax, shrew mouse.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ὕραξ (hurax, "shrewmouse"). (Wiktionary)