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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.
References in classic literature ?
He knew that the brute, made savage by hunger, was mustering its courage for an attack, that it was probably accustomed to man and therefore more or less fearless of him and so he un-slung his heavy spear and laid it ready at his side while he continued his meal, all the time keeping a watchful eye upon the hyena.
He abused the hyena, and then went off alone through the trees.
This time Momaya recognized it for what it was, the strange cry of a hyena.
As was our custom, I went armed with both rifle and revolver; but I stripped and had my swim without further disturbance than the approach of a large hyena, a number of which occupied caves in the sand-stone cliffs north of the camp.
But when he saw the Recorder take the hand of the condemned, and raise him, whilst drawing forth the parchment from his pocket, -- when he heard the pardon of the Stadtholder publicly read out, -- then Boxtel was no more like a human being; the rage and malice of the tiger, of the hyena, and of the serpent glistened in his eyes, and vented itself in his yell and his movements.
The two most formidable Animal Men were my Leopard-man and a creature made of hyena and swine.
Now, if the question were to destroy a lion, a tiger, a cat, a hyena, I could understand it; but to deprive an antelope or a gazelle of life, to no other purpose than the gratification of your instincts as a sportsman, seems hardly worth the trouble.
It was an old man that made his way alone through the gloomy jungle, a wrinkled, dried up, little old man hideously scarred and tattooed and strangely garbed, with the skin of a hyena about his shoulders and the dried head mounted upon his grey pate.
He would joke with hyenas, returning their stare With an impudent wag of the head: And he once went a walk, paw-in-paw, with a bear, "Just to keep up its spirits," he said.
The ugly creatures were far from the cowardly things that our own hyenas are reputed to be; they stood their ground with bared fangs as we approached them.
Ay ban as gude as dead already; but"--he hesitated--"Ay hate to think of the hyenas.
Well, listen to me before you ride any further; let me tell you that this wood hides in its depths a countless number of the fiercest tigers, hyenas, wolves, bears, and snakes, and all sorts of other monsters.