jackal

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noun jack·al \ˈja-kəl also -ˌkȯl\

Definition of jackal

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

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

Origin and Etymology of jackal

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


First Known Use: 1603


JACKAL Defined for English Language Learners

jackal

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noun jack·al \ˈja-kəl also -ˌkȯl\

Definition of jackal for English Language Learners

  • : a wild dog found in Africa and Asia


JACKAL Defined for Kids

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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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