wild dog

noun

Definition of wild dog

: any of various undomesticated canids (such as an African wild dog or a dingo) that resemble the domestic dog

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The little wild dogs of the desert, the jackals, had taken these travelers’ hands and feet. Paul Salopek, National Geographic, "A storyteller chronicles the mass migrations that define our age," 17 July 2019 To test the method of using tourist photos, Rafiq and his colleagues surveyed the populations of several large carnivores in Botswana’s Okavango delta, including lions, hyenas, leopards, wild dogs, and cheetahs using traditional methods. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "Tourists on safari track leopards and lions just as well as scientists," 22 July 2019 Police have found dead bodies, wild dogs and drugs inside these houses. Detroit Free Press, "Free Press receives 5 journalism awards from National Association of Black Journalists," 13 Aug. 2019 Mario Moore died after he was attacked by a pack of wild dogs on July 18 A Tennessee man was mauled to death by a pack of dogs last week amid claims that the animals have attacked other residents in the area. Kc Baker, PEOPLE.com, "'I Knew That Those Animals Were Going to Kill Someone': Tenn. Man Mauled to Death by Pack of Dogs," 25 July 2019 The incubating creatures may be killed by microbes, dug up by wild dogs, or exposed by other turtles scraping out new nests. Craig Welch, National Geographic, "Sea turtles are being born mostly female due to warming—will they survive?," 4 Apr. 2019 Explore the outdoors The Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta is one of the most spectacular game-viewing areas in southern Africa, with large herds of elephants, zebras, giraffes, and chances to see lions and wild dogs. Andrew Stein, National Geographic, "Explore the thriving safari industry with these insider tips.," 1 Apr. 2019 Animals, including cows, fowl, and wild dogs, roam freely here. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "An Insider’s Guide to Atins, a Hidden Paradise on the Northeast Coast of Brazil," 18 Jan. 2019 Endangered wild dog travel in packs, and buffalo roam 500 deep. Andrew Sessa, Condé Nast Traveler, "Ruaha: The African National Park You'll Have Almost All to Yourself," 11 Oct. 2018

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1786, in the meaning defined above

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