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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Besides giraffes, the African exhibit will include a lion, hyrax, wildebeest and tortoise.
Ilany studies the rock hyrax, an African rodent-like mammal that isn’t monogamous but whose sexes look the same.
To figure out who's who around hyraxes, use your ears: Males sing to attract females, while females don't sing at all.
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Origin and Etymology of hyrax
Greek hyrak-, hyrax shrew
First Known Use: 1832See Words from the same year
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