crocotta

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From Ancient Greek κροκόττας (krokóttas, crocotta, first attested in Strabo's Geographica), which may have been borrowed from Sanskrit.

A mosaic depicting a crocotta, which in this case closely resembles a striped hyena. The mosaic in Palestrina depicts the Nile and its fauna

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crocotta (plural crocottas)

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  1. A mythical dog-wolf of India or Ethiopia, said to be a deadly enemy of men and dogs and able to imitate the voice of any animal or human.

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