Origin of hyenaClassical Latin hyaena from Classical Greek hyaina, hyena, literally , sow (so called from its hoglike mane) from hys, a hog (+ -aina, feminine suffix) from Indo-European base an unverified form s?-, hog from source swine
any of various wolflike carnivores (family Hyaenidae) of Africa and Asia, with powerful jaws, a bristly mane, short hind legs, and a characteristic shrill cry suggestive of laughter: hyenas are hunters and scavengers
Any of several carnivorous mammals of the family Hyaenidae of Africa and Asia, which feed as scavengers and have powerful jaws, relatively short hind limbs, and coarse hair.
Origin of hyenaMiddle English hiene, hiena from Old French hiene and Medieval Latin hiena both from Latin hyaena from Greek huaina hūs, hu- swine (in reference to the hyena's bristly mane like a hog's) ; see sū- in Indo-European roots. -aina pejorative feminine n. suffix
(plural hyenas or hyena or hyenae)
- The striped hyena is scattered over the country sparsely.
- Field-Marshal von Haynau, the atrocities which Reducfollowed earning for Haynau the name of The tion of Hyena of Brescia.
- AARD-WOLF (earth-wolf), a South and East African carnivorous mammal (Proteles cristatus), in general appearance like a small striped hyena, but with a more pointed muzzle, sharper ears, and a long erectile mane down the middle line of the neck and back.
- How far totemism, or belief in deified animal ancestors, existed in prehistoric Israel, as evidenced by the tribal names Simeon (hyena, wolf), Caleb (dog), IIamor (ass), Rahel (ewe) and Leah (wild cow), as well as by the laws respecting clean and unclean animals, is too intricate and speculative a problem to be discussed here.
- The bones of the bear, horse, rhinoceros, lion, elephant, hyena and of many birds and small rodents were unearthed.