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Correct spelling

OK I posted this on the wildlife forum and got no response so here goes again, Hyeana or Hyena which is correct ? :roll:
Thanks, Pete

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I'd never even thought of spelling it any other way than hyena until I got on Africam!  But then those of us in the USA usually try to abbreviate, cut down, or whatever it takes to make things as simple as possible.

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As an American, I honestly tend to spell thing like the Brits and the rest of the world. Not everyday words (e.g., color vs. colour) because I'm a technical writer and it wouldn't do to get into that habit. But in this kind of situation, I default to English (rather than American English). Just another perspective. Laughing out loud

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Hyaena is the latin word
It comes from the ancient greek word

(the pronunciation is totally different though )

In dictionaries you will find that it comes from the greek ancient Hys
(older in Homer language - sys)

and means pig...with the -aina...it means female pig

It looks like ancient greeks saw the hyena like a female pig :!: :shock:

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"Tabs" wrote:
"PETE" wrote:
OK I posted this on the wildlife forum and got no response so here goes again, Hyeana or Hyena which is correct ? :roll: Thanks, Pete

Hyaena, if you are in Africa, the UK or certain other English-speaking countries; Hyena if you are in the USA - you must decide which is the 'correct spelling' depending upon where you live!

My own opinion, being British, is that Hyaena is correct - and the scientific names confirm this - they are:

Crocuta crocuta - spotted Hyaena
Hyaena brunnea - Brown Hyaena
Hyaena hyaena - Striped Hyaena

Thank you didnt know if I was spelling it correctly.

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"PETE" wrote:
OK I posted this on the wildlife forum and got no response so here goes again, Hyeana or Hyena which is correct ? :roll: Thanks, Pete

Hyaena, if you are in Africa, the UK or certain other English-speaking countries; Hyena if you are in the USA - you must decide which is the 'correct spelling' depending upon where you live!

My own opinion, being British, is that Hyaena is correct - and the scientific names confirm this - they are:

Crocuta crocuta - spotted Hyaena
Hyaena brunnea - Brown Hyaena
Hyaena hyaena - Striped Hyaena

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