Hyracotherium meaning

hīrə-kō-thîrē-əm
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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.
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A small primitive horse that lived about 50 million years ago during the early Eocene Epoch. It had three or four hoofed toes on each foot and is considered by some to be the ancestor of modern horses. It is sometimes called the “dawn horse,” a translation of its earlier scientific name, Eohippus.
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Origin of hyracotherium

  • New Latin Hyracothērium genus name hyrax hyrac- hyrax (from certain shared skeletal characteristics) hyrax Greek thērion wild beast treacle

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition