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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They can be crushed by beachgoers, swept away at high tide, dug up by wild dogs or stolen by poachers. New York Times, "Saving Turtles in Bali, Egg by Precious Egg," 7 July 2018 In this undated photo supplied by Gorogosa Media, a pack of wild dogs make their way down a road in Mozambique. Washington Post, "African wild dogs make comeback at Mozambican wildlife park," 22 June 2018 Built almost a century ago to keep Australia’s wild dogs from private land and livestock, the structure appears to have altered an entire ecosystem, the team found. Lakshmi Supriya, Science | AAAS, "A fence built to keep out wild dogs out has dramatically altered the Australian landscape," 6 July 2018 Gorongosa's new pack of wild dogs, meanwhile, is settling well. Christopher Torchia, Fox News, "African wild dogs make comeback at Mozambican wildlife park," 22 June 2018 Gorongosa’s new pack of wild dogs, meanwhile, is settling well. Washington Post, "African wild dogs make comeback at Mozambican wildlife park," 22 June 2018 Gorongosa's new pack of wild dogs, meanwhile, is settling well. Christopher Torchia, The Christian Science Monitor, "Underdogs no more: African wild dogs make comeback in Mozambique," 22 June 2018 Most experts say evidence so far suggests that the creatures could be coyotes, indigenous wild dogs, a coyote-dog mix or even a coyote-wolf hybrid. Ted Gregory, chicagotribune.com, "Could there be a wolf pack living in Illinois? Man’s trail camera footage prompts experts to conduct testing," 19 June 2018 Some took to the mountains and were felled by cold, starvation, or wild dogs. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "Algren Award runner-up: "Fluid Mechanics" by Mabel Yu," 2 June 2018

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1786, in the meaning defined above

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