laughing hyena

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n laughing hyena African hyena noted for its distinctive howl
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Laughing hyena (Zoöl) the spotted hyena. See Hyena.
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Usage

In literature:

The Hyena-swine still ran close to me, watching me as it ran, every now and then puckering its muzzle with a snarling laugh.
"The Island of Doctor Moreau" by H. G. Wells
When I told him the price would be fifty dollars he laughed at me like a hyena.
"Options" by O. Henry
But the laughing hyena gave you five pounds at the end of the sale.
"A Simpleton" by Charles Reade
I hate to see a grown man make a laughing hyena of himself.
"Cabbages and Kings" by O. Henry
From time to time their hideous yell, or the whining laugh of the hyena, broke the stillness of the night.
"Uarda, Complete A Romance Of Ancient Egypt" by Georg Ebers
My blood leaped with rage, yet I sat perfectly calm, while the surgeon laughed like a hyena.
"The Cavalier" by George Washington Cable
The laughing hyena had to be carried into the Ark and put to bed for fear she would laugh herself to death.
"The Cruise of the Noah's Ark" by David Cory
As for solving mysteries, laugh while you can, old hyena.
"Spacehounds of IPC" by Edward Elmer Smith
This is also sometimes called the "laughing" hyena, from the peculiarity we have had occasion to speak of.
"The Bush Boys" by Captain Mayne Reid
The laughing hyena heard near the folds last night.
"Six Months at the Cape" by R.M. Ballantyne
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In news:

It feels like I'm sitting somewhere between the laughing hyenas' cage and the pen holding a banana-drunk mob of screaming chimps.
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In science:

GR and QM to a cogent (ie, a conceptually sound, mathematically consistent, as well as calculationally finite) QG, seem to this author to be like trying to cross a parrot with a hyena: so that it (:QG) can tel l us what it is laughing about.
`Iconoclastic', Categorical Quantum Gravity
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