[L. hyena.] A genus of carniverous quadrupeds, about the size of a large dog, and of fierce and almost untamable character. The back and neck of the hyena are covered with coarse, shaggy hair, forming a sort of mane. The hinder parts are lower than the fore parts, and it has a large head and ears. Hyenas live in caverns and rocky places, and at night prowl about in search of food, which generally consists of dead animals, but when very hungry whatever living prey they can seize. The common or striped hyena is a native of Southern Asia, while the spotted hyena is found in Southern Africa.

THE HYENA.

THE HYENA.