noun hy·rax \ˈhī-ˌraks\

Definition of HYRAX

:  any of a family (Procaviidae) of small ungulate mammals of Africa and the Middle East characterized by thickset body with short legs and ears and rudimentary tail, feet with soft pads and broad nails, and teeth of which the molars resemble those of the rhinoceros and the incisors those of rodents —called also coney, dassie

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Origin of HYRAX

Greek hyrak-, hyrax shrew
First Known Use: 1832


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