Pronunciation: (hī-ē'nu), [key]
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, often in packs. Also,hyaena.Cf. brown hyena, spotted hyena, striped hyena.
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