jackal

noun jack·al \ ˈja-kəl also -ˌkȯl \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

Definition of jackal

1 : any of several small omnivorous canids (such 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 and Etymology of jackal

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


JACKAL Defined for English Language Learners

jackal

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Definition of jackal for English Language Learners

  • : a wild dog found in Africa and Asia


JACKAL Defined for Kids

jackal

noun jack·al \ ˈja-kəl \

Definition of jackal for Students

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


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