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Meaning of HYENA

Pronunciation:  hI'eenu

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  doglike nocturnal mammal of Africa and southern Asia that feeds chiefly on carrion

HYENA is a 5 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: hyaena
 See Also: aardwolf, brown hyena, canid, canine, Crocuta crocuta, family Hyaenidae, Hyaena brunnea, Hyaena hyaena, Hyaenidae, laughing hyena, Proteles cristata, spotted hyena, strand wolf, striped hyena



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Hy*e"na\, n.; pl. {Hyenas}. [L. hyaena, Gr. ?, orig., a
sow, but usually, a Libyan wild beast, prob., the hyena, fr.
? hog: cf. F. hy[`e]ne. See {Sow} female hog.] (Zo["o]l.)
Any carnivorous mammal of the family {Hy[ae]nid[ae]}, 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. [Written also {hy[ae]na}.]

Note: The striped hyena ({Hy[ae]na striata}) inhabits
      Southern Asia and a large part of Africa. The brown
      hyena ({H. brunnea}), and the spotted hyena ({Crocuta
      maculata}), are found in Southern Africa. The extinct
      cave hyena ({H. spel[ae]a}) inhabited England and

{Cave hyena}. See under {Cave}.

{Hyena dog} (Zo["o]l.), a South African canine animal
   ({Lycaon venaticus}), which hunts in packs, chiefly at
   night. It is smaller than the common wolf, with very
   large, erect ears, and a bushy tail. Its color is reddish
   or yellowish brown, blotched with black and white. Called
   also {hunting dog}.

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing a hyena in your dream, suggests that you are overwhelmed with responsibilities. You feel that someone is relying on you too much. Alternatively, a hyena may represent someone in your waking life with a sense of humor.
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