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.
- Other animals fairly numerous are the spotted hyena, long-eared fox, jackal, aard wolf, red lynx, wild cat, wild dog and wart hog.
- There are also within these coverts several varieties of wild animals, such as the tiger, leopard, hyena, wild boar, nilgai and jackal.
- Field-Marshal von Haynau, the atrocities which Reducfollowed earning for Haynau the name of The tion of Hyena of Brescia.
- The elephant, giraffe, lion, leopard, hyena, zebra, buffalo, gnu, quagga, kudu, eland and many other kinds of antelope roamed the plains; the rhinoceros, hippopotamus and crocodile lived in or frequented the rivers, and ostriches and baboons were numerous.