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 for Cave hyena
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hyena \Hy*e"na\, n.; pl. Hyenas. [L. hyaena, Gr. ?, orig., a
     sow, but usually, a Libyan wild beast, prob., the hyena, fr.
     ? hog: cf. F. hy[`e]ne. See Sow female hog.] (Zool.)
     Any carnivorous mammal of the family Hy[ae]nid[ae], doglike
     nocturnal mammals of Africa and southern Asia, of which three
     living species are known. They are large and strong, but
     cowardly. They feed chiefly on carrion, and are nocturnal in
     their habits. [Written also hy[ae]na.]
     Syn: hyaena.
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     Note: The striped hyena ({Hy[ae]na striata) inhabits
           Southern Asia and a large part of Africa. The brown
           hyena ({Hy[ae]na brunnea), and the spotted hyena
           ({Crocuta maculata), are found in Southern Africa. The
           extinct cave hyena ({Hy[ae]na spel[ae]a) inhabited
           England and France.
           [1913 Webster]
     Cave hyena. See under Cave.
     Hyena dog (Zool.), a South African canine animal ({Lycaon
        venaticus), which hunts in packs, chiefly at night. It is
        smaller than the common wolf, with very large, erect ears,
        and a bushy tail. Its color is reddish or yellowish brown,
        blotched with black and white. Called also hunting dog.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cave \Cave\ (k[=a]v), n. [F. cave, L. cavus hollow, whence cavea
     cavity. Cf. Cage.]
     1. A hollow place in the earth, either natural or artificial;
        a subterraneous cavity; a cavern; a den.
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     2. Any hollow place, or part; a cavity. [Obs.] "The cave of
        the ear." --Bacon.
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     3. (Eng. Politics) A coalition or group of seceders from a
        political party, as from the Liberal party in England in
        1866. See Adullam, Cave of, in the Dictionary of Noted
        Names in Fiction.
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
     Cave bear (Zool.), a very large fossil bear ({Ursus
        spel[ae]us) similar to the grizzly bear, but large;
        common in European caves.
     Cave dweller, a savage of prehistoric times whose dwelling
        place was a cave. --Tylor.
     Cave hyena (Zool.), a fossil hyena found abundanty in
        British caves, now usually regarded as a large variety of
        the living African spotted hyena.
     Cave lion (Zool.), a fossil lion found in the caves of
        Europe, believed to be a large variety of the African
     Bone cave. See under Bone.
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