Hyena definitions

hī-ē'nə
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.
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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.
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Large, canine‐resembling carnivore belonging to the family Hyaenidae, native to Africa and Asia, often notable for the sound similar to laughter which it can make if excited.
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Origin of hyena

Middle English hiena from Old French hiene from Latin hyaena from Greek huaina feminine of hūs swine (from its bristly mane like a hog's) sū- in Indo-European roots