Definition of spotted hyena
: a hyena (Hyena crocuta or Crocuta crocuta) of Africa south of the Sahara with the coat blotched with black
Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:
- More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
- Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
- Advanced search features
- Ad free!
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up spotted hyena? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).