Origin of hyena
Examples from the Web for hyena
A third species is very distinct from either of the two described—the “spotted hyena” (Hyena crocuta).The Bush Boys|Captain Mayne Reid
“Here goes,” Bob murmured, and taking careful aim at the hyena he fired.The Forest of Mystery|James H. Foster
I was kept awake part of last night by the howling of a hyena, about ten yards from the tent.Sport in Abyssinia|Dermot Mayo
So the mantle was spread upon the red earth, the hyena and the jackal standing on each side of it.The Orange Fairy Book|Various
The South African panther is a cowardly animal, and, like the hyena, flies from the face of man.
British Dictionary definitions for hyena
Word Origin for hyena
Word Origin and History for hyena
mid-14c., from Old French hiene, from Latin hyaena, from Greek 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 attempted in English include hyenaish, hyenaesque, hyenic, hyenine.