Definition of Hyracoidea in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌhʌɪrəˈkɔɪdɪə/

plural noun

A small order of mammals that comprises the hyraxes.
Example sentences
  • We now think that their real affinities lie with the Sirenia, Hyracoidea, and Proboscidea.
  • The orders Hyracoidea, Macroscelides, Sirenia, Proboscidea, and Tubulidentata were grouped into a single clade called Afrotheria.
  • One or both segments were obtained from species belonging to primates, Cetartiodactyla, Carnivora, and Hyracoidea, but not from mouse or hamster.



noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • Some other hyracoid species also showed a similar adaptation, but the skeletal trait was most pronounced in Thyrohyrax, he added.
  • It is so different from all other animals, that scientists have placed it in an order, or group, all by itself, hyracoids.
  • It seems likely that the common ancestor of all three modern families was some kind of amphibious hyracoid.


Modern Latin (plural), based on Greek hurax, hurak- (see hyrax).

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Line breaks: Hyra|coidea

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