hyena hyena  /haɪ ˈi nə/


  • (n) doglike nocturnal mammal of Africa and southern Asia that feeds chiefly on carrion


  1. After a vast chamber devoid of paintings, we saw what looked like a hyena painted over what was clearly a leopard, the first representation of this kind in Ice Age art.
  2. In the comedy jungle, where Robin Williams is a big silverback ape and Jon Stewart a sneaky hyena, Flight of the Conchords are tiny fawns.
  3. The jackal or the hyena that invades a cemetery to fatten its own body by digging up the dead does not believe in the sanctity of the tomb.


  • Aimee Bender's 'The Color Master' paints worlds of wonder

    Aimee Bender is at her wickedly best in her latest short-story collection, with tales both dark and comic. In Leonora Carrington's 1938 short-story masterpiece "The Debutante," a young woman wants to disobey her mother's orders to go to a debutante ball, so she asks a hyena she has befriended to go in her place. The hyena fits into her ball gown but there is then the issue of the hyena's face so ...
    on August 9, 2013     Source: Los Angeles Times

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  1. "My instincts took over," Hunter said. "I saw two guys with their head down, and I took advantage." "I'ma hyena. I always take advantage of the weak link."
    on May 26, 2007 By: Torii Hunter Source: Los Angeles Times

  2. Gubicza said hitting the "cough" button on the microphone to suppress a laugh comes from a desire not to "sound like a hyena," but "if you could only see how red my face gets from laughing, sometimes I gotta walk out of the booth because Rory...
    on Feb 20, 2009 By: Mark Gubicza Source: Los Angeles Daily News

  3. "That's just a part of who we are," Gardenhire said. "We talk about it all the time, taking advantage. Like Torii Hunter always brought in the 'hyena effect.' Never back away, keeping attacking, and chew 'em up with the hyena attack. We talk...
    on Sep 25, 2008 By: Ron Gardenhire Source: MLB.com

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