from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An extinct horse genus, formerly called genus Eohippus.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of fossil perissodactyls of the tapiroid section, referred to the family Lophiodontidæ.
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- n. extinct horse genus; formerly called eohippus
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In Europe the little creature was given the totally erroneous name hyracotherium, because his discoverers could not imagine him to be related in any way to the horse; they classified him as a forebear of the hyrax, a small shrew-like animal, the cony of the Old Testament.
"If he is a genuine hyracotherium, unusually special," said Varian in a strangled voice.
"A hyracotherium, or I miss my guess," said Trizein with the forced joviality an adult often displayed for the unknown quantity of a youngster.
"Tyrannosaurus Rex, I called him fang-face, hadrosaurs of all varieties, crested, helmeted, hyracotherium, pteranodons which I call golden fliers, or giffs."
"We did have an orphan hyracotherium for a pet," Kai broke off, then finished as if his pause had been to swallow, "but that was before we went cryo."
"Would she remember where you found the hyracotherium, Kai?"
"We can try the swamps where we found the hyracotherium tomorrow," Varian suggested and Lunzie agreed that this might be a more profitable site for the purple moss.
"A hyracotherium, or I miss my guess, " said Trizein with the forced joviality an adult often displayed for the unknown quantity of a youngster.
"If he is a genuine hyracotherium, unusually special, " said Varian in a strangled voice.
Such experts believe our horse originated in Europe from the hyracotherium.