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hy·e·na

also hy·ae·na  (hī-ē′nə)
n.
Any of several carnivorous mammals of the family Hyaenidae of Africa and Asia, which feed as scavengers and have powerful jaws, relatively short hind limbs, and coarse hair.

[Middle English hiene, hiena, from Old French hiene and Medieval Latin hiena, both from Latin hyaena, from Greek huaina : hūs, hu-, swine (in reference to the hyena's bristly mane like a hog's); see sū- in Indo-European roots + -aina, pejorative feminine n. suffix.]

hyena

(haɪˈiːnə) or

hyaena

n
(Animals) any of several long-legged carnivorous doglike mammals of the genera Hyaena and Crocuta, such as C. crocuta (spotted or laughing hyena), of Africa and S Asia: family Hyaenidae, order Carnivora (carnivores). See also strandwolf
[C16: from Medieval Latin, from Latin hyaena, from Greek huaina, from hus hog]
hyˈenic, hyˈaenic adj

hy•e•na

(haɪˈi nə)

n., pl. -nas.
a large carnivore of the family Hyaenidae, of Africa and S Asia, having a sloping back and large teeth and feeding chiefly on carrion, often in packs.
[1350–1400; Middle English hyane, hyene < Middle French hiene < Latin hyaena < Greek hýaina=hy-, s. of hŷs hog + -aina feminine n. suffix]
hy•e′nic, hy•e′nine (-naɪn, -nɪn) adj.

hy·e·na

(hī-ē′nə)
Any of several meat-eating, dog-like mammals of Africa and Asia that feed mainly in groups as scavengers. Hyenas have very powerful jaws, a thick neck, and relatively short hind limbs.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hyena - doglike nocturnal mammal of Africa and southern Asia that feeds chiefly on carrionhyena - doglike nocturnal mammal of Africa and southern Asia that feeds chiefly on carrion
canid, canine - any of various fissiped mammals with nonretractile claws and typically long muzzles
Hyaena hyaena, striped hyena - of northern Africa and Arabia and India
brown hyena, Hyaena brunnea, strand wolf - of southern Africa
Crocuta crocuta, laughing hyena, spotted hyena - African hyena noted for its distinctive howl
aardwolf, Proteles cristata - striped hyena of southeast Africa that feeds chiefly on insects
Translations
хиена
hyena
hyæne
hieno
hüään
کفتار
hyeena
hiéna
híena
hiena
hiēna
hyena
hijena
hyena

hyena

[haɪˈiːnə] Nhiena f
to laugh like a hyenareírse como una hiena

hyena

[haɪˈiːnə] nhyène f

hyena

[haɪˈiːnə] niena

hyena,

hyaena

(haiˈiːnə) noun
a dog-like animal with a howl which sounds like human laughter.
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