Lycaon venaticus
Hyena Hy*e"na, n.; pl. {Hyenas}. [L. hyaena, Gr. ?, orig., a sow, but usually, a Libyan wild beast, prob., the hyena, fr. ? hog: cf. F. hy[`e]ne. See {Sow} female hog.] (Zo["o]l.) Any carnivorous mammal of the family {Hy[ae]nid[ae]}, doglike nocturnal mammals of Africa and southern Asia, of which three living species are known. They are large and strong, but cowardly. They feed chiefly on carrion, and are nocturnal in their habits. [Written also {hy[ae]na}.]

Syn: hyaena. [1913 Webster]

Note: The striped hyena ({Hy[ae]na striata}) inhabits Southern Asia and a large part of Africa. The brown hyena ({Hy[ae]na brunnea}), and the spotted hyena ({Crocuta maculata}), are found in Southern Africa. The extinct cave hyena ({Hy[ae]na spel[ae]a}) inhabited England and France. [1913 Webster]

{Cave hyena}. See under {Cave}.

{Hyena dog} (Zo["o]l.), a South African canine animal ({Lycaon venaticus}), which hunts in packs, chiefly at night. It is smaller than the common wolf, with very large, erect ears, and a bushy tail. Its color is reddish or yellowish brown, blotched with black and white. Called also {hunting dog}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Cave hyena — Hyena Hy*e na, n.; pl. {Hyenas}. [L. hyaena, Gr. ?, orig., a sow, but usually, a Libyan wild beast, prob., the hyena, fr. ? hog: cf. F. hy[ e]ne. See {Sow} female hog.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any carnivorous mammal of the family {Hy[ae]nid[ae]}, doglike… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Crocuta maculata — Hyena Hy*e na, n.; pl. {Hyenas}. [L. hyaena, Gr. ?, orig., a sow, but usually, a Libyan wild beast, prob., the hyena, fr. ? hog: cf. F. hy[ e]ne. See {Sow} female hog.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any carnivorous mammal of the family {Hy[ae]nid[ae]}, doglike… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hunting dog — Hyena Hy*e na, n.; pl. {Hyenas}. [L. hyaena, Gr. ?, orig., a sow, but usually, a Libyan wild beast, prob., the hyena, fr. ? hog: cf. F. hy[ e]ne. See {Sow} female hog.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any carnivorous mammal of the family {Hy[ae]nid[ae]}, doglike… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hyaena — Hyena Hy*e na, n.; pl. {Hyenas}. [L. hyaena, Gr. ?, orig., a sow, but usually, a Libyan wild beast, prob., the hyena, fr. ? hog: cf. F. hy[ e]ne. See {Sow} female hog.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any carnivorous mammal of the family {Hy[ae]nid[ae]}, doglike… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hyaena brunnea — Hyena Hy*e na, n.; pl. {Hyenas}. [L. hyaena, Gr. ?, orig., a sow, but usually, a Libyan wild beast, prob., the hyena, fr. ? hog: cf. F. hy[ e]ne. See {Sow} female hog.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any carnivorous mammal of the family {Hy[ae]nid[ae]}, doglike… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hyaena spelaea — Hyena Hy*e na, n.; pl. {Hyenas}. [L. hyaena, Gr. ?, orig., a sow, but usually, a Libyan wild beast, prob., the hyena, fr. ? hog: cf. F. hy[ e]ne. See {Sow} female hog.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any carnivorous mammal of the family {Hy[ae]nid[ae]}, doglike… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hyaena striata — Hyena Hy*e na, n.; pl. {Hyenas}. [L. hyaena, Gr. ?, orig., a sow, but usually, a Libyan wild beast, prob., the hyena, fr. ? hog: cf. F. hy[ e]ne. See {Sow} female hog.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any carnivorous mammal of the family {Hy[ae]nid[ae]}, doglike… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hyena — Hy*e na, n.; pl. {Hyenas}. [L. hyaena, Gr. ?, orig., a sow, but usually, a Libyan wild beast, prob., the hyena, fr. ? hog: cf. F. hy[ e]ne. See {Sow} female hog.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any carnivorous mammal of the family {Hy[ae]nid[ae]}, doglike nocturnal… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hyena dog — Hyena Hy*e na, n.; pl. {Hyenas}. [L. hyaena, Gr. ?, orig., a sow, but usually, a Libyan wild beast, prob., the hyena, fr. ? hog: cf. F. hy[ e]ne. See {Sow} female hog.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any carnivorous mammal of the family {Hy[ae]nid[ae]}, doglike… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hyenas — Hyena Hy*e na, n.; pl. {Hyenas}. [L. hyaena, Gr. ?, orig., a sow, but usually, a Libyan wild beast, prob., the hyena, fr. ? hog: cf. F. hy[ e]ne. See {Sow} female hog.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any carnivorous mammal of the family {Hy[ae]nid[ae]}, doglike… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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