• WordNet 3.6
    • n hyaena doglike nocturnal mammal of Africa and southern Asia that feeds chiefly on carrion
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n hyaena (Zoöl) Same as Hyena.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hyaena The typical genus of the family Hyænidæ. There are two living species of the genus in its restricted use: the common striped hyena, H. striata, and the brown hyena, H. brunnea. The spotted hyena is H. crocuta, or Crocuta maculata. The genus is now confined to the warmer parts of the old world, but the cave-hyena, H. spelæus, formerly inhabited much of Europe, its remains being now found in caverns in Germany, France, and England. See cut under hyena.
    • n hyaena [lowercase] The Linnean specific name of Canis hyæna, equivalent to the modern family Hyænidæ.
    • n hyaena In ichthyology, a genus of fishes.
    • n hyaena [lowercase] See hyena.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Hyaena hī-ē′na a bristly-maned quadruped of the dog kind, so named from its likeness to the sow
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr. hyainahys, a sow.


In literature:

The hyaena is the spotted kind.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3" by Various
Then that crafty ascetic suddenly laughed like a hyaena.
"Bubbles of the Foam" by Unknown
Temple Grace looked as if he were blighted by lightning; and his deep blue eyes gleamed like a hyaena's.
"The Young Duke" by Benjamin Disraeli
The Turks caught sight of him and rushed after him like hungry hyaenas.
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin
The cat perceived that he was in danger of not having the tiger, jackal, and hyaena, on his side.
"Critical Miscellanies (Vol. 1 of 3)" by John Morley
More like a pack of hyaenas trying to get up their courage for a charge!
"A Dash from Diamond City" by George Manville Fenn
So bad did the hyaenas become, that the first moonlight night it was resolved to lie in wait and try and shoot two or three.
"Off to the Wilds" by George Manville Fenn
A hyaena had carried it into the grass and dropped it.
"Great African Travellers" by W.H.G. Kingston
In the mountains he encountered wolves, wild asses, hyaenas, zebras, and eagles.
"Captain Canot" by Brantz Mayer
Where was the mysterious den which vomited forth lions, hyaenas, panthers, tigers?
"Godfrey Morgan" by Jules Verne

In poetry:

After the burial-parties leave
And the baffled kites have fled;
The wise hyaenas come out at eve
To take account of our dead.
"The Hyaenas" by Rudyard Kipling