Definition of spotted hyena in English:

spotted hyena

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

noun

  • 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
    More 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.

More definitions of spotted hyena

Definition of spotted hyena in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day skosh
Pronunciation: skōSH
noun
a small amount; a little