web statistics

This page allows you to search all dictionary documents.


  • noun , class(5)
  • synonyms: ,
  • dialects: Karanga, Zezuru
A carnivorous quadruped of the genus hyena or family Hyaenidae.

There are several kinds of hyenas. The common striped or laughing hyena, Canis hyaenaor Hyaena striata. It has a wide geographical distribution, including most of Africa and much of Asia, as Syria, Mesopotamia, Persia, and India. It is an unsightly animal of ferocious aspect, of the size of a large dog. with shaggy pelage bristling over the shoulders, a short bushy tail, large eyes and ears, thick blunt muzzle, and peculiar carriage, due to the low hind quarters, high shoulders, and long heavy neck. Its feet are digitigrade, with blunt non-retractile claws. Its colour is brownish-grey, more or less distinctly and extensively banded or striped crosswise with black on the back, sides, and limbs. The animal is nocturnal, hiding by day in caves, and hunting by night in packs for its food, which is chiefly carrion, though it often preys upon living animals. It is not less cowardly than ravenous, but is capable of being tamed and even domesticated. The brown hyena, H. brunnea. inhabits southern Africa; it belongs to the same restricted genus as the striped hyena, but is mostly of a dark-brown colour, banded only on the limbs, and the pelage is remarkably long and shaggy, growing to a length of 3 or 10 inches on the back and sides. The spotted hyena, H. crocuta or Crocuta maculata, is a more distinct species, generically different from either of the foregoing, inhabiting southern parts of Africa. As its name implies, it is spotted instead of striped; and it is rather smaller than H. striata, and has a less shaggy pelage. In this species the length of the neck, size of the head, shortness of the loins, and lowness of the hind quarters are specially notable. The cave-hyena, H. spelaeus, is an extinct form closely related to the spotted hyena; its remains occur in caverns. There are also other fossils to which the name hyena has been applied, and the hyena-dog is called painted hyena.
English translation
hyena
last updated: Monday, July 17, 2017 at 5:14:30 PM GMT-04:00


  • noun , class(5)
  • synonyms:
  • dialects: Manyika
The glandular organ in which milk is secreted and stored; -- popularly called the bag in cows and other quadrupeds.
English translation
udder
last updated: Monday, July 17, 2017 at 5:14:30 PM GMT-04:00


  • noun , class(5)
  • synonyms: ,
  • dialects: Korekore
See barwe.
last updated: Monday, July 17, 2017 at 5:14:30 PM GMT-04:00


See horomba.
last updated: Monday, July 17, 2017 at 5:14:30 PM GMT-04:00

Shona word of the day

Shona Proverb

Hwahwa hahuna mbuva.