from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Variant of hyena.
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- n. Alternative spelling of hyena.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Same as hyena.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The typical genus of the family Hyænidæ.
- n. [lowercase] The Linnean specific name of Canis hyæna, equivalent to the modern family Hyænidæ.
- n. In ichthyology, a genus of fishes.
- n. [lowercase] See hyena.
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- n. doglike nocturnal mammal of Africa and southern Asia that feeds chiefly on carrion
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This is necessary on account of danger from the spotted hyaena, which is said to be very fierce, and also as a protection against lions and elephants.
The hyaena is a very cowardly animal, but frequently approaches persons lying asleep, and makes an ugly gash on the face.
The hyaena was a fool, it did not know the weasel surpassed it in subtlety; it thought the meat was tied; but when it tried to draw out its tail, it was fast.
I asked about calling a hyaena that but I was given big conditions like I have to find the missing clan and then maybe ... but then I ID'd one of the Makutswi cubs who we found has a black 'beard' and asked if I could call it potato.
The women of one kraal, for instance, may call a hyaena by its ordinary name; those of the next may use the common substitute; while in a third the substitute may also be unlawful and another term may have to be invented to supply its place.
"Well, we fancied that the cry of the hyaena was a recent invention of our own!" said Lousteau, "and here it was already known to the literature of the Empire.
I am gamely predicting that there might be some hyaena-like howling over the deficit!
Most larger Sahelian carnivores like lion Panthera leo and African wild dog Lycaon pictus (V), were exterminated earlier this century by hunting and poisoning, but about 15-20 cheetah Acinonyx jubatus (V) and a few striped hyaena Hyaena hyaena persist, preying on feral donkeys.
Other predators resident on the conservancy, which the lion could expect to encounter are the leopard, hyaena, jackal, lynx-like caracal, honey badger, serval and the small spotted genet.
The spotted hyaena (Crocuta crocuta) and lion (Panthera leo) are also top predators in this ecoregion.