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jackal

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noun jack·al \ˈja-kəl also -ˌkȯl\

Simple Definition of jackal

  • : a wild dog found in Africa and Asia

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of jackal

  1. 1 :  any of several small omnivorous canids (as Canis aureus) of Africa and Asia having large ears, long legs, and bushy tails

  2. 2 a :  a person who performs routine or menial tasks for another b :  a person who serves or collaborates with another especially in the commission of base acts

Origin and Etymology of jackal

Turkish çakal, from Persian shaqāl, of Indo-Aryan origin; akin to Sanskrit sṛgāla jackal


First Known Use: 1603


JACKAL Defined for Kids

jackal

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noun jack·al \ˈja-kəl\

Definition of jackal for Students

  1. :  a wild dog of Africa and Asia like but smaller than a wolf




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