Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A small herbivorous equid of the genus Hyracotherium (syn. Eohippus) of the Eocene Epoch, having an arched back, relatively short neck, four-toed front feet, and three-toed hind feet.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A genus of fossil perissodactyls of the tapiroid section, referred to the family Lophiodontidæ.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun An extinct horse genus, formerly called genus Eohippus.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun extinct horse genus; formerly called eohippus

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[New Latin Hyracothērium, genus name : hyrax, hyrac-, hyrax (from certain shared skeletal characteristics); see hyrax + Greek thērion, wild beast; see treacle.]

Examples

  • 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.

    Centennial

  • "If he is a genuine hyracotherium, unusually special," said Varian in a strangled voice.

    Cattle Town

  • "A hyracotherium, or I miss my guess," said Trizein with the forced joviality an adult often displayed for the unknown quantity of a youngster.

    Cattle Town

  • "Tyrannosaurus Rex, I called him fang-face, hadrosaurs of all varieties, crested, helmeted, hyracotherium, pteranodons which I call golden fliers, or giffs."

    Survivors

  • "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."

    Survivors

  • "Would she remember where you found the hyracotherium, Kai?"

    Survivors

  • "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.

    Survivors

  • "A hyracotherium, or I miss my guess, " said Trizein with the forced joviality an adult often displayed for the unknown quantity of a youngster.

    Dinosaur Planet

  • "If he is a genuine hyracotherium, unusually special, " said Varian in a strangled voice.

    Dinosaur Planet

  • Such experts believe our horse originated in Europe from the hyracotherium.

    Centennial

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