Hydrus to Hyoscyamine
(||Hy"drus) n. [L., a water serpent; also, a certain constellation, Gr. "y`dros.] (Astron.) A constellation
of the southern hemisphere, near the south pole.
(Hye) n. & v. See Hie. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Hy*e"mal) a. [L. hyemalis, or better hiemalis, fr. hyems, hiems, winter: cf. F. hyémal.] Belonging
to winter; done in winter. Sir T. Browne.
(Hy"e*mate) v. i. [L. hiemare, hiematum. See Hyemal.] To pass the winter. [Obs. & R.]
(Hy`e*ma"tion) n. [L. hiematio.]
1. The passing of a winter in a particular place; a wintering.
2. The act of affording shelter in winter. [Obs.]
(Hy"en) n. [F. hyène.] A hyena. [Obs.] Shak.
(Hy*e"na) n.; pl. Hyenas [L. hyaena, Gr. orig., a sow, but usually, a Libyan wild beast, prob.,
the hyena, fr. hog: cf. F. hyène. See Sow female hog.] (Zoöl.) Any carnivorous mammal of the family
Hyænidæ, of which three living species are known. They are large and strong, but cowardly. They feed
chiefly on carrion, and are nocturnal in their habits. [Written also hyæna.]
The striped hyena (Hyæna striata) inhabits Southern Asia and a large part of Africa. The brown hyena
(H. brunnea), and the spotted hyena are found in Southern Africa. The extinct cave hyena (H. spelæa)
inhabited England and France.
Cave hyena. See under Cave. Hyena dog (Zoöl.), a South African canine animal which hunts in
packs, chiefly at night. It is smaller than the common wolf, with very large, erect ears, and a bushy tail.
Its color is reddish or yellowish brown, blotched with black and white. Called also hunting dog.
(Hy"e*tal) a. [Gr. rain, from to rain.] Of or pertaining to rain; descriptive of the distribution of
rain, or of rainy regions.
(Hy"e*to*graph) n. [Gr. rain + -graph.] A chart or graphic representation of the average
distribution of rain over the surface of the earth.
(Hy`e*to*graph"ic) a. Of or pertaining to to hyetography.
(Hy`e*tog"ra*phy) n. The branch of physical science which treats of the geographical distribution
(Hy*ge"ia) n. [L. Hygea, Hygia, fr. Gr. health, Hygeia, fr. sound, healthy.] (Classic Myth.)
The goddess of health, daughter of Esculapius.
(Hy*ge"ian) a. Relating to Hygeia, the goddess of health; of or pertaining to health, or its preservation.
(Hy"ge*ist) n. One skilled in hygiena; a hygienist.
(Hy"gie*ist) n. A hygienist.
(Hy"gi*ene) n. [F. hygiène. See Hygeia.] That department of sanitary science which treats of
the preservation of health, esp. of households and communities; a system of principles or rules designated
for the promotion of health.
(Hy`gi*en"ic) a. [Cf. F. hygiénique.] Of or pertaining to health or hygiene; sanitary.