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: hyenas feed on carrion and are thought of as cowardly
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 sū-, hog from source swine
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 hiena, from Old French hiene, from Latin hyaena, from Greek huaina, feminine of hūs, swine (from its bristly mane like a hog's); see sū- in Indo-European roots.
(plural hyenas or hyena or hyenae)