from The Century Dictionary.

  • Thirty-two species and subspecies of this order are now recognized, all placed in the genus Procavia (Storr, 1780), this name antedating Hyrax by three years. A fossil species, Pliohyrax krnppii, has been described from the Pliocene of Greece and the Isle of Samos, and Archæohyrax, from the Miocene of Patagonia, has been assigned to this group.
  • An order of monadelphian mammals, represented by the single family Hyracidæ; the hyraxes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun plural (Zoöl.) An order of small hoofed mammals, comprising the single living genus Hyrax.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • proper noun A taxonomic order within the subclass Placentalia — the hyraxes.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun hyraxes and some extinct animals


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  • And 1000 Fossilized Elephants, ranging from woolly mammoths to Loxodonta, Elphas, Sirenia, and Hyracoidea!

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  • Under the systems of older naturalists the thick-skinned animals were lumped together under the order UNGULATA, or _hoofed animals_, subdivided by Cuvier into _Pachydermata_, or thick-skinned non-ruminants, and _Ruminantia_, or ruminating animals; but neither the elephant nor the coney can be called hoofed animals, and in other respects they so entirely differ from the rest that recent systematists have separated them into three distinct orders -- _Proboscidea_, _Hyracoidea_ and _Ungulata_, which classification I here adopt.

    Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon Robert Armitage Sterndale 1870


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