eohippus

noun
eo·​hip·​pus | \ ˌē-ō-ˈhi-pəs How to pronounce eohippus (audio) \

Definition of eohippus

: any of a genus (Hyracotherium synonym Eohippus) of very small primitive horses from the Lower Eocene having 4-toed forefeet and 3-toed hind feet

called also dawn horse

First Known Use of eohippus

circa 1879, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for eohippus

New Latin, from eo- + Greek hippos horse — more at equine

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The first known use of eohippus was circa 1879

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“Eohippus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eohippus. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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