\ ˈdōl How to pronounce dhole (audio) \

Definition of dhole

: a wild dog (Cuon alpinus) occurring from India to southern Siberia that typically hunts in packs and often preys on large animals (such as deer and antelope) Among the dhole's most distinctive features is its whistle—a high-pitched call apparently used to coordinate cooperative hunting.— Arun Venkataraman

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Recent Examples on the Web Despite this massive effort, the researchers only registered four dhole sightings, 11 wolf sightings, 45 leopard sightings and 309 snow leopard sightings. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "China saved the giant panda, but conservation efforts ignored other species says new study," 4 Aug. 2020 Gray says dholes are thought to be extinct in Vietnam and are likely to become extinct in Laos. Sarah Lazarus, CNN, "'Barbaric' snares are wiping out Southeast Asia's wild animals," 16 Oct. 2019 The dhole -- a tawny-colored wild dog -- is also highly endangered. Sarah Lazarus, CNN, "'Barbaric' snares are wiping out Southeast Asia's wild animals," 16 Oct. 2019 Dholes hunt cooperatively, breaking into smaller groups to surround prey animals hidden deep in the vegetation. National Geographic, "Whistling Caterpillars And 5 More Surprisingly Musical Species," 26 Apr. 2017 For five of the seventeen predators—clouded leopard, Sunda clouded leopard, tiger, dhole (a wild Asian dog), and Ethiopian wolf— National Geographic, "The World’s Top Predators Are Dining From Dwindling Menus," 3 Aug. 2016

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First Known Use of dhole

circa 1827, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dhole

perhaps from Kannada tōḷa wolf

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“Dhole.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dhole. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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