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noun hy·e·na \hī-ˈē-nə\

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

plural hyenas also hyena

Full Definition of HYENA

:  any of several large strong nocturnal carnivorous Old World mammals (family Hyaenidae) that usually feed as scavengers
hy·e·nic \-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
HYENIC Defined for Kids


noun hy·e·na \hī-ˈē-nə\

Definition of HYENA for Kids

:  a large doglike mammal of Asia and Africa that lives on flesh


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