1. the earliest known horse, a member of the extinct genus Hyracotherium (Eohippus), from the early Eocene Epoch of the Northern Hemisphere; a terrier-sized herbivore having four hoofed toes on each forefoot and three on each hind foot, and low-crowned teeth.

noun plural -puses

  1. the earliest horse: an extinct Eocene dog-sized animal of the genus with four-toed forelegs, three-toed hindlegs, and teeth specialized for browsing

oldest known genus of the horse family, 1879, from Modern Latin, from Greek eos (see eo-) + hippos “horse” (see equine).

  1. See hyracotherium.
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