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dassie Syllabification: das·sie
Pronunciation: /ˈdasē/

Definition of dassie in English:

noun (plural dassies)

A hyrax, especially the rock hyrax of southern Africa.
  • Family Procaviidae, in particular Procavia capensis
Example sentences
  • Some of these dassies, these hyraxes, went into the rocks, but this one actually climbs into the treetops.
  • Back at the campsite, spotted hyenas and dassies can be seen at dusk and into the night.
  • Mountain rhebuck, duiker, jackal, mongoose, porcupine and dassie now live in the Reserve.


Late 18th century: from Afrikaans, from South African Dutch dasje, diminutive of Dutch das 'badger'.

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