hyrax, coney, cony, dassie, das

(noun) any of several small ungulate mammals of Africa and Asia with rodent-like incisors and feet with hooflike toes

Source: WordNet® 3.1



hyrax (plural hyraxes or hyraces)

Any of several small, paenungulate herbivorous mammals of the order Hyracoidea, with a bulky frame and fang-like incisors, native to Africa and the Middle East.


• (small paenungulates): coney, dassie


• (small paenungulates): klipdachs, rock hyrax, tree hyrax, bush hyrax

Source: Wiktionary

Hy"rax, n. Etym: [NL., fr. Gr. (Zoöl.)

Definition: Any animal of the genus Hyrax, of which about four species are known. They constitute the order Hyracoidea. The best known species are the daman (H. Syriacus) of Palestine, and the klipdas (H. capensis) of South Africa. Other species are H. arboreus and H. Sylvestris, the former from Southern, and the latter from Western, Africa. See Daman.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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