hyène

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French[edit]

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hyène

Etymology[edit]

From Latin hyaena, from Ancient Greek ὕαινα (húaina).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

hyène f (plural hyènes)

  1. hyena (animal)

Usage notes[edit]

The mute pronunciation is older and historically prescribed (e.g. by Littré and l'Académie Française); however, the aspirated pronunciation, already in use in the 19th century, is markedly more common today.

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