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hy·e·na

hyena

 
pronunciation:
haI i n
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part of speech: noun
definition: a mammal with very long front legs and shorter back legs. Hyenas look like dogs, but are more closely related to cats. They have a cry that sounds like strange human laughter. Most kinds of hyena are nocturnal and eat the remains of dead animals. Hyenas are found in Africa and Asia.
 
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