from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Large, canine‐resembling carnivore belonging to the family Hyaenidae, native to Africa and Asia, often notable for the sound similar to laughter which it can make if excited.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any carnivorous mammal of the family Hyænidæ, doglike nocturnal mammals of Africa and southern Asia, of which three living species are known. They are large and strong, but cowardly. They feed chiefly on carrion, and are nocturnal in their habits.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A carnivorous quadruped of the genus Hyæna or family Hyænidæ.
- n. The pouched dog, the thylacine dasyure of Tasmania, Thylacinus cynocephalus: so called from its predaceous and carnivorous habits. See zebra-wolf.
- n. Also spelled hyæna.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. doglike nocturnal mammal of Africa and southern Asia that feeds chiefly on carrion
Middle English hiena, from Old French hiene, from Latin hyaena, from Greek huaina, feminine of hūs, swine (from its bristly mane like a hog's).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French hiene, from Latin hyaena, from Ancient Greek ὕαινα (huaina), from ὗς (hūs, "swine, pig") and -αινα ("feminine suffix"), from Proto-Indo-European *sū (“swine”). (Wiktionary)