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hyena

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noun hy·e·na \hī-ˈē-nə\

Simple Definition of hyena

  • : a large animal of Asia and Africa that eats the flesh of dead animals

Full Definition of hyena

plural hyenas also hyena

  1. :  any of several large strong nocturnal carnivorous Old World mammals (family Hyaenidae) that usually feed as scavengers

hy·e·nic play \-ˈē-nik, -ˈe-nik\ adjective

Origin of hyena

Middle English hyene, from Latin hyaena, from Greek hyaina, from hys hog — more at sow


First Known Use: 14th century



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