Definition of spotted hyena in English:

spotted hyena

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noun

  • A southern African hyena which has a greyish-yellow to reddish coat with irregular dark spots, and a loud laughing call.
    • Crocuta crocuta, family Hyaenidae
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    • 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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