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spotted hyena Syllabification: spot·ted hy·e·na
Pronunciation: /ˌspätid hīˈēnə/

Definition of spotted hyena in English:


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A southern African hyena that has a grayish-yellow to reddish coat with irregular dark spots, and a loud laughing call. Also called laughing hyena.
  • Crocuta crocuta, family Hyaenidae
Example sentences
  • Like societies of many other gregarious mammals, social groups of spotted hyenas are structured by linear dominance hierarchies.
  • They can eat up to 40% of their body weight in a sitting, which is only equalled by the spotted hyena in South Africa.
  • Back at the campsite, spotted hyenas and dassies can be seen at dusk and into the night.

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