One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An African hyrax that lives on rocky outcrops and cliffs and feeds mainly on grass.
Genus Procavia (and Heterohyrax), family Procaviidae: several speciesAlso called dassie
- ‘It is a lovely spot and must be one of the quietest places on earth, with no man-made sounds and only a couple of fish eagles and rock hyrax to disturb the silence.’
- ‘For example, most grazing and mixed feeding ungulates have hypsodont teeth, but the hippo and the rock hyrax have brachyodont teeth.’
- ‘The only animal you are likely to see in the upper alpine zones is the rock hyrax.’
- ‘Of course, once at the top, world-class views took second place to rock hyraxes.’
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