Laughing hyena
Laughing Laugh"ing, a. & n. from {Laugh}, v. i. [1913 Webster]

{Laughing falcon} (Zo["o]l.), a South American hawk ({Herpetotheres cachinnans}); -- so called from its notes, which resemble a shrill laugh.

{Laughing gas} (Chem.), hyponitrous oxide, or protoxide of nitrogen

{Laughing goose} (Zo["o]l.), the European white-fronted goose.

{Laughing gull}. (Zo["o]l.) (a) A common European gull ({Xema ridibundus}); -- called also {pewit}, {black cap}, {red-legged gull}, and {sea crow}. (b) An American gull ({Larus atricilla}). In summer the head is nearly black, the back slate color, and the five outer primaries black.

{Laughing hyena} (Zo["o]l.), the spotted hyena. See {Hyena}.

{Laughing jackass} (Zo["o]l.), the great brown kingfisher ({Dacelo gigas}), of Australia; -- called also {giant kingfisher}, and {gogobera}.

{Laughing owl} (Zo["o]l.), a peculiar owl ({Sceloglaux albifacies}) of New Zealand, said to be on the verge of extinction. The name alludes to its notes. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • laughing hyena — noun a southern African hyena with a loud laughing call. [Crocuta crocuta.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • laughing hyena — noun African hyena noted for its distinctive howl • Syn: ↑spotted hyena, ↑Crocuta crocuta • Hypernyms: ↑hyena, ↑hyaena • Member Holonyms: ↑Crocuta, ↑genus Crocuta …   Useful english dictionary

  • laughing hyena — noun The spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta); so called because of the resemblance of its call to laughter. Syn: spotted hyena …   Wiktionary

  • laughing hyena. — See spotted hyena. * * * …   Universalium

  • laughing hyena —       African species of hyena (q.v.). * * * …   Universalium

  • laughing hyena — laugh′ing hye′na n. mam spotted hyena …   From formal English to slang

  • laughing hyena — /lafɪŋ haɪˈinə/ (say lahfing huy eenuh) noun See hyena (def. 1) …   Australian English dictionary

  • laughing hyena. — See spotted hyena …   Useful english dictionary

  • laughing hyena, laughing like a hyena — see ↑hyena • • • Main Entry: ↑laugh …   Useful english dictionary

  • Laughing — Laugh ing, a. & n. from {Laugh}, v. i. [1913 Webster] {Laughing falcon} (Zo[ o]l.), a South American hawk ({Herpetotheres cachinnans}); so called from its notes, which resemble a shrill laugh. {Laughing gas} (Chem.), hyponitrous oxide, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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