Hyracoidea

plural noun
Hy·​ra·​coi·​dea

Definition of Hyracoidea

: an order of Old World ungulate mammals that is now restricted to Africa and southwestern Asia and that comprises various extinct animals and the surviving hyraxes which find their nearest living relatives in the elephants and sirenians but in many respects resemble rabbits

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History and Etymology for Hyracoidea

New Latin, from Hyrac-, Hyrax + -oidea

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“Hyracoidea.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Hyracoidea. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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