African wild dog

variants: or less commonly African hunting dog

Definition of African wild dog

: a powerful canid (Lycaon pictus) that has a mottled coat of black, white, and reddish yellow, lives and hunts in packs, and was formerly common in sub-Saharan Africa but is now restricted to small populations in southern and eastern Africa

First Known Use of African wild dog

1827, in the meaning defined above

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“African wild dog.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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