from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Variant of hyena.

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  • n. Alternative spelling of hyena.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as hyena.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The typical genus of the family Hyænidæ.
  • n. [lowercase] The Linnean specific name of Canis hyæna, equivalent to the modern family Hyænidæ.
  • n. In ichthyology, a genus of fishes.
  • n. [lowercase] See hyena.

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


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  • This is necessary on account of danger from the spotted hyaena, which is said to be very fierce, and also as a protection against lions and elephants.

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  • The hyaena is a very cowardly animal, but frequently approaches persons lying asleep, and makes an ugly gash on the face.

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  • The hyaena was a fool, it did not know the weasel surpassed it in subtlety; it thought the meat was tied; but when it tried to draw out its tail, it was fast.

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  • I asked about calling a hyaena that but I was given big conditions like I have to find the missing clan and then maybe ... but then I ID'd one of the Makutswi cubs who we found has a black 'beard' and asked if I could call it potato. TravelStream? ? Recent Entries at

  • The women of one kraal, for instance, may call a hyaena by its ordinary name; those of the next may use the common substitute; while in a third the substitute may also be unlawful and another term may have to be invented to supply its place.

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  • "Well, we fancied that the cry of the hyaena was a recent invention of our own!" said Lousteau, "and here it was already known to the literature of the Empire.

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  • I am gamely predicting that there might be some hyaena-like howling over the deficit!

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  • Most larger Sahelian carnivores like lion Panthera leo and African wild dog Lycaon pictus (V), were exterminated earlier this century by hunting and poisoning, but about 15-20 cheetah Acinonyx jubatus (V) and a few striped hyaena Hyaena hyaena persist, preying on feral donkeys.

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  • Other predators resident on the conservancy, which the lion could expect to encounter are the leopard, hyaena, jackal, lynx-like caracal, honey badger, serval and the small spotted genet.

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  • The spotted hyaena (Crocuta crocuta) and lion (Panthera leo) are also top predators in this ecoregion.

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