Definition of rock hyrax
: a diurnal, terrestrial hyrax (Procavia capensis) of Africa and the Middle East that frequents rocky, scrub-covered areas Also residing in the kopje are rock hyraxes—small, social mammals that look like rodents but are more closely related to elephants, as their tusklike incisors attest. — Deborah A. Besch, Animal Kingdom, May/June 1987 ◆There are several subspecies (such as the Syrian hyrax) of rock hyrax that are sometimes regarded as distinct species. The rock hyrax of the Middle East is the coney of the Old Testament.
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