adjective see hyena

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • hyenic — hy·enic …   English syllables

  • hyenic — …   Useful english dictionary

  • hyena — hyenic, hyenine /huy ee nuyn, nin/, adj. /huy ee neuh/, n. a doglike carnivore of the family Hyaenidae, of Africa, southwestern Asia, and south central Asia, having a coarse coat, a sloping back, and large teeth and feeding chiefly on carrion,… …   Universalium

  • hyena — noun (plural hyenas; also hyena) Etymology: Middle English hyene, from Latin hyaena, from Greek hyaina, from hys hog more at sow Date: 14th century any of several large strong nocturnal carnivorous Old World mammals (family Hyaenidae) that… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • hyena — mid 14c., from O.Fr. hiene, from L. hyaena, from Gk. hyaina swine (fem.), from hys pig + fem. suffix aina. So called for its bristles. Applied to cruel, treacherous, and greedy persons since at least 1670s. Adjectival forms that have been… …   Etymology dictionary

  • hyaenic — adjective see hyenic …   Useful english dictionary

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