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Variant of hyena.


(Animals) a variant spelling of hyena
hyˈaenic adj


(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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hyaena - doglike nocturnal mammal of Africa and southern Asia that feeds chiefly on carrionhyaena - 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


, hyena
nHyäne f; to laugh like a hyaenawiehernd lachen



(haiˈiːnə) noun
a dog-like animal with a howl which sounds like human laughter.
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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.
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.
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.
The three other caves are Vanguard Cave, Hyaena Cave and Bennett's Cave.
A total of 33 were shot including a hyaena, wolves, a puma, a tiger, a black bear, polar bears, a lynx, racoons and a vulture.
The site consists of four sea caves - Bennetts, Gorhams, Vanguard and Hyaena.
Chief Shana claims people in his area lost 640 head of cattle, 420 goats and other livestock to predators such as lion and hyaena.