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dassie Line breaks: das¦sie

Definition of dassie in English:

noun (plural dassies)

1A hyrax (mammal), 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.
2South African A silvery marine fish with dark fins and a black spot on the tail, found around African and Mediterranean coasts.
  • Diplodus sargus, family Sparidae


Late 18th century: from Afrikaans, from South African Dutch dasje, diminutive of Dutch das 'badger'; the fish is said to have been named because of a perceived resemblance (in its habit of frequenting rocks, or from its shy nature) to the rock hyrax.

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