pl. -·rax·es or -·ra·ces·
any of an order (Hyracoidea) of small, rodentlike mammals of Africa and SW Asia that feed on plants and live in rocky areas (genus Procavia) or in trees (genera Dendrohyrax and Heterohyrax)
Origin of hyraxModern Latin ; from Gr, shrew mouse ; from Indo-European base an unverified form swer-, to hum, buzz from source swarm
nounpl. hy·rax·es or hy·ra·ces
Any of several herbivorous mammals of the family Procaviidae of Africa and the Middle East, resembling woodchucks or similar rodents but more closely related to the hoofed mammals. Also called coney1, dassie.
Origin of hyraxNew Latin, from Greek hurax, shrew mouse.
(plural hyraxes or hyraces)
From Ancient Greek ὕραξ (hurax, “shrewmouse”).