tree hyrax

noun
variants: or less commonly tree dassie

Definition of tree hyrax 

: any of various chiefly arboreal African hyraxes (genus Dendrohyrax) that are usually solitary and nocturnal And though your sleep will be sounder than any you have ever had, you will be wakened in the night by the tree hyrax, which sounds like a door banging shut and then creaking open … —Roxana Robinson, New York Times, 4 Dec. 1988

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circa 1867, in the meaning defined above

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