hyrax

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n hyrax any of several small ungulate mammals of Africa and Asia with rodent-like incisors and feet with hooflike toes
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hyrax The typical genus of the family Hyracidæ and order Hyracoidea, having the molar teeth like those of a rhinoceros in pattern, the lower incisors only slightly notched, the upper incisors approximated, and the upper lip cleft. It has 7 cervical, 22 dorsal. 8 lumbar, 5 sacral, and 6 caudal vertebræ. The genus contains the terrestrial and saxicoline species of Africa and Syria, as H. capensis, H. habessinicus, H. syriacus, variously known as conies, damans, rock-badgers, rock-rabbits, etc. It was formerly conterminous with the family Hyracidæ.
    • n hyrax [lowercase] An animal of the genus Hyrax.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Hyrax hī′raks a genus of mammals of obscure affinities, like rabbits in size and marmots in appearance, living among rocks in Africa and Syria—the Cape Daman, Klippdass, or Rock-badger; the Shaphan (Hyrax syriacus) mistranslated 'cony' of Scripture; and the Abyssinian Ashtok.
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Usage

In literature:

In size it must have been something like the rabbit or the hyrax.
"The Story of Evolution" by Joseph McCabe
Some of these people must be wearing hyrax robes.
"The Leopard Woman" by Stewart Edward White
It is true there was much reason in his holding to the opinion that the hyrax is no pachyderm.
"The Young Yagers" by Mayne Reid
His wife is the "Dasse Hyrax".
"Myth, Ritual And Religion, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by Andrew Lang
Jack skinned the hyrax, while I looked about for the means to kindle the dry branches I had collected, to cook it.
"Richard Galbraith, Mariner" by Emma Watts Phillips
This description applies to the Syrian Hyrax of our day as truly as it did to that of the Psalmists time.
"Natural History in Anecdote" by Various
In fact the hyraxes were then almost as distinct from other mammals as they are at the present day.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 2" by Various
These latter never possess a decidua, whereas Elephants and Hyrax are genuine Deciduata.
"The History of Creation, Vol. II (of 2)" by Ernst Haeckel
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In news:

Foundations of complex language have been found in colonies of unusual furry animals called hyraxes .
Hyraxes , which resemble rodents but are more closely related to elephants or manatees, often cluck, snort, squeak, tweet and wail songs from the perches of their rocky colonies.
A hyrax's song gives a detailed account of his wares.
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