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 for 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.
          [1913 Webster]
     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.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: doglike nocturnal mammal of Africa and southern Asia that
           feeds chiefly on carrion [syn: hyena, hyaena]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  45 Moby Thesaurus words for "hyena":
     African hunting dog, Cape hunting dog, animal, anthropophagite,
     barbarian, beast, brush wolf, brute, cannibal, coyote, cur,
     destroyer, dingo, dog, fox, hound, insect, jackal, lobo, man-eater,
     medicine wolf, mongrel, nihilist, pig, polecat, prairie wolf,
     reptile, reynard, savage, serpent, shark, skunk, snake, swine,
     tiger, timber wolf, vandal, varmint, vermin, viper, whelp,
     wild man, wolf, worm, wrecker

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  HYENA, n.  A beast held in reverence by some oriental nations from its
  habit of frequenting at night the burial-places of the dead.  But the
  medical student does that.

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