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jackal

noun jack·al \ˈja-kəl also -ˌkl\

: a wild dog found in Africa and Asia

Full Definition of JACKAL

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

noun jack·al \ˈja-kəl\

Definition of JACKAL for Kids

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

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