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Definition of "hyena" []

  • Any of several carnivorous mammals of the family Hyaenidae of Africa and Asia, which feed as scavengers and have powerful jaws, relatively short hind limbs, and coarse hair. (noun)
  • Any of several long-legged carnivorous doglike mammals of the genera Hyaena and Crocuta, such as C. crocuta (spotted or laughing hyena), of Africa and S Asia: family Hyaenidae, order Carnivora (carnivores) (noun)

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Use "hyena" in a sentence
  • "Today, the hyena is the most common carnivore in Africa."
  • "Ok, the hyena is my favorite and I wish I could see him do it in action!"
  • "At this point, this is nothing more than what we call hyena attacks, which happen when the bearish investors send their media hounds out to attack any weak prey in an attempt to foment"