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 RobinsonNew York Times4 Dec. 1988

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First Known Use of tree hyrax

circa 1867


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