wild dog


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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Recent Examples on the Web By 1901, colonial officials had placed a bounty of one pound on the head of every wild dog. Saima Sidik, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Aug. 2021 This finding, published recently in Ecology, shows that wild dog conservation projects can succeed in areas with lions, if these areas have highly variable landscapes. Saima Sidik, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Aug. 2021 Tasmanian devils died out on the mainland after the arrival of dingoes -- a species of wild dog -- and were restricted to the island of Tasmania. Amy Woodyatt, CNN, 26 May 2021 Leopard, lion, cheetah, and wild dog also stalk the conservancy’s boundless reaches. Alexandra Kirkman, Fortune, 16 May 2021 Lions, leopards, hippos, ostriches, elephants and giraffes are seen on game drives, along with rare species such as the Grevy’s zebra and Africa wild dog. Lauren Jade Hill, Forbes, 9 Apr. 2021 Despite anecdotal reports and unconfirmed photographs in recent years, many feared the New Guinea highland wild dog had become extinct through loss of habitat and mixing with feral village dogs. Katie Hunt, CNN, 31 Aug. 2020 But anecdotal reports and a pair of photographs suggested a similarly tan-colored, medium-sized wild dog was roaming the mountainous terrain near a gold mine on Papua, the western, Indonesian half of the large island north of Australia. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Sep. 2020 Enter the highland wild dog, an equally mysterious canine known only from anecdotal observations and two photographs taken in 1989 and 2012. Michael Price, Science | AAAS, 31 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of wild dog

1786, in the meaning defined above

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“Wild dog.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wild%20dog. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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