Definitions of hyæna

  1. HYENA, h[= i]-[= e]' na, n. a bristly-maned quadruped of the dog kind, so named from its likeness to the sow.-- LAUGHING HYÆNA, the tiger-wolf or spotted hyæna of South Africa, emitting at times a sound somewhat like hysterical laughter. [ L.,-- Gr. hyaina-- hys, a sow.]