One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A doglike African mammal with forelimbs that are longer than the hindlimbs and an erect mane. Hyenas are noted as scavengers but most are also effective hunters.
Family Hyaenidae: two genera, in particular Hyaena, and three species
- ‘The film also shows some behavior not seen before, especially the rivalry between leopards and hyenas.’
- ‘These specimens cover the current and historical range of spotted, striped, and brown hyenas.’
- ‘Golden jackals, hyenas and even leopards are present but very rarely seen.’
- ‘Coalitions between postdispersal males and adult female hyenas were rare.’
- ‘Although similar in appearance to hyenas, African wild dogs are nevertheless true wild canidae.’
- ‘We collected body and tooth measurements from all immobilized hyenas.’
- ‘The easiest solution is to kill hyenas, jackals and leopards with poisoned carcasses.’
- ‘I have been filming for 14 years now, working with hyenas, leopards, and jackals.’
- ‘Other bones were probably brought in and chewed on by hyenas and other carnivores.’
- ‘They showed that she had in fact managed to feed on the hyena.’
- ‘In hyenas, bones are cracked open by use of their enlarged upper and lower third premolars.’
- ‘The first deer and giraffes also appear, along with the first hyenas.’
- ‘And in a contest of social acumen between hyenas and monkeys, who knows who would get the last laugh?’
- ‘As a result, the scavenger hyenas deplete all the resources in the Pridelands, and the land falls apart.’
- ‘The massive vultures also use their might to fend off hyenas and snap up the occasional live flamingo.’
- ‘Lions and hyaenas were present throughout the study area.’
- ‘The hyena exploits carcasses more fully than either cat because of its bone-cracking abilities.’
- ‘One minute you're sobbing enough to fill your sister's kiddie pool and laughing like a hyena the next.’
- ‘It lets hyenas crush carcasses with their jaws and enables elephants to support their massive bodies.’
- ‘Cheetahs make use of various techniques in order to minimize direct interactions with lions and hyenas.’
Middle English: via Latin from Greek huaina, feminine of hus ‘pig’ (the transference of the term probably being because the animal's mane was thought to resemble a hog's bristles).
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