how to pronounce hyena


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the above transcription of hyena is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

hyena is pronounced in three syllables

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An example use of hyena in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… this is hard it's an animal hyena yes i …”

meanings of hyena


  1. Any of the medium-sized to large feliform carnivores of the subfamily Hyaeninae (genera Hyaena and Crocuta), native to Africa and Asia and noted for the sound similar to laughter which they can make if excited.
  2. A man that performs ritualized sex acts with recently widowed women and menarchal girls.

hyena frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word hyena occurs in english on average 0.6 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics hyena can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that hyena can be often used in the following areas:

1) life, nature, and living environment;

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