Definition of hyracotherium in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌhʌɪrəkə(ʊ)ˈθɪərɪəm/


The earliest fossil ancestor of the horse, which was a small forest animal of the Eocene epoch, with four toes on the front feet and three on the back.
  • Genus Hyracotherium, family Equidae.
Example sentences
  • The hyracotherium was a small fox-sized four-toed creature, similar to the modern day hyrax.
  • Scientists now believe that the hyracotherium ate meat and lived in the forest.
  • A close look at the teeth of hyracotherium, reveals a simple pattern of bumps and ridges on their chewing surfaces.


Modern Latin: from hyraco- (combining form from hyrax) + Greek thērion 'wild animal'.

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Line breaks: hyr¦aco|ther¦ium

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