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Definitions of hyena

  1. doglike nocturnal mammal of Africa and southern Asia that feeds chiefly on carrion Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. A bristly-maned, wolflike, flesh-eating animal. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3. Fierce wild beast of the dog kind. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  4. A quadruped about the size of a dog, of a fierce and untamable character, and somewhat like a sow. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

Usage examples for hyena

  1. The roar of the lion could be heard mingling with the shrill scream of the jackal and the maniac laugh of the hyena – Popular Adventure Tales by Mayne Reid
  2. But what truth could there be in his protestations when he went away and laughed like a hyena – The Eagle Cliff by R.M. Ballantyne
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