American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A small herbivorous mammal of the genus Hyracotherium (syn. Eohippus) from the Eocene Epoch of North America, having four-toed front feet and three-toed hind feet and related ancestrally to the modern horse.
- New Latin Hyracothērium, genus name : hyrax, hyrac-, hyrax (from certain shared skeletal characteristics); see hyrax + Greek thērion, wild beast; see treacle. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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