noun, plural hyraxes, hyraces [hahy-ruh-seez] .
any of several species of small mammals of the order Hyracoidea, of Africa and the Mediterranean region, having short legs, ears, and tail, and hooflike nails on the toes.
Also called dassie, das.

1825–35; < Neo-Latin < Greek hýrax (genitive hýrakos) shrewmouse

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hyrax (ˈhaɪræks)
n , pl hyraxes, hyraces
dassie, Also called: rock rabbit any agile herbivorous mammal of the family Procaviidae and order Hyracoidea, of Africa and SW Asia, such as Procavia capensis (rock hyrax). They resemble rodents but have feet with hooflike toes
[C19: from New Latin, from Greek hurax shrewmouse; probably related to Latin sōrex]

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