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Meaning of hyena

hy•e•na

Pronunciation: (hī-ē'nu), [key]
— n.
  1. 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.
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