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
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
Recent Examples of jackal from the Web
Its fauna includes mammals such as Dorcas, gazelles, pale fox, and golden jackals.
As a result, both jackals and coyotes developed this fission-fusion adaptation, which human beings also have.
The jackal-sized hyena Hyaenictitherium minimum, the prehistoric giraffe Bohlinia adoumi, the three-toed horse Hipparion, and other mammals have all been described from the same area since excavations began in the 1990’s.
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Origin and Etymology of jackal
Turkish çakal, from Persian shaqāl, of Indo-Aryan origin; akin to Sanskrit sṛgāla jackal
First Known Use: 1603See Words from the same year
JACKAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of jackal for English Language Learners
: a wild dog found in Africa and Asia
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Definition of jackal for Students
: a wild dog of Africa and Asia like but smaller than a wolf
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