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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.]
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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
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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hyena

[haɪˈiːnə] nhyène f
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hyena

[haɪˈiːnə] niena
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hyena,

hyaena

(haiˈiːnə) noun
a dog-like animal with a howl which sounds like human laughter.
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References in classic literature ?
begin!/" piped Gagool, in her thin piercing voice; "the hyaenas are hungry, they howl for food.
"Let these dead dogs," pointing to the long rows of corpses, "be flung out to the hyaenas and the vultures," and he lifted his spear.
This fellow charged Nobs, whose Capronian experiences had taught him that discretion is the better part of valor--with the result that he dived head foremost into the stream beside me after giving vent to a series of ferocious growls which had no more effect upon Hyaena spelaeus than might a sweet smile upon an enraged tusker.
Do let's pretend that I'm a hungry hyaena, and you're a bone.'
The big, serious, old brown bear was delighted to have so quick a pupil, for the young wolves will only learn as much of the Law of the Jungle as applies to their own pack and tribe, and run away as soon as they can repeat the Hunting Verse --"Feet that make no noise; eyes that can see in the dark; ears that can hear the winds in their lairs, and sharp white teeth, all these things are the marks of our brothers except Tabaqui the Jackal and the Hyaena whom we hate." But Mowgli, as a man-cub, had to learn a great deal more than this.
Roll me into the hives of the wild bees that I may be stung to death, and bury me with the Hyaena, for I am most miserable of bears!
The numbers indeed of the lion, panther, and hyaena, and the multitude of birds of prey, plainly speak of the abundance of the smaller quadrupeds: one evening seven lions were counted at the same time prowling round Dr.
He no longer laughed, he was terrible, he went and came; the fox was changed into a hyaena. He seemed suffocated to such a degree that he could not speak; his lips moved, and his fleshless fists were clenched.
High hunting costs make African wild dogs vulnerable to kleptoparasitism by hyaenas.--Nature 391: 479-481.
1999: Within-litter sibling aggression in spotted hyaenas: effect of maternal nursing, sex and age.
Over 100 elephants were killed, but so were lions, hyaenas, vultures, buffalo and kudu.
(53) The poem naturalizes a last judgment, a final disposition of the dead, supervised not by God but by "wise hyaenas":