Definition of hyrax in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈhʌɪraks


  • A small herbivorous mammal with a compact body and a very short tail, found in arid country in Africa and Arabia. The nearest relatives to hyraxes are the elephants and other subungulates.
    • Family Procaviidae and order Hyracoidea: three genera and several species
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    • The hyrax - elephant - sirenian core is well-accepted on morphological grounds.
    • Less certain are manatees, aardvarks, and hyraxes.
    • So do wombats, hyraxes, aye-ayes, and lagomorphs, to give a few examples chosen from modern mammals.


mid 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek hurax 'shrew-mouse'.

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