Definitions for jackalˈdʒæk əl, -ɔl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

jack•alˈdʒæk əl, -ɔl(n.)

  1. any of several nocturnal wild dogs of the genus Canis, esp. C. aureus, of Asia and Africa, that scavenge or hunt in packs.

    Category: Mammals

  2. a person who performs dishonest or base deeds as the accomplice of another.

  3. a person who performs menial or degrading tasks for another.

Origin of jackal:

1595–1605; < alter. of Pers shag(h)āl

Princeton's WordNet

  1. jackal, Canis aureus(noun)

    Old World nocturnal canine mammal closely related to the dog; smaller than a wolf; sometimes hunts in a pack but usually singly or as a member of a pair

Wiktionary

  1. jackal(Noun)

    Any of several wild canine species, native to the tropical Old World, smaller than a wolf.

  2. jackal(Noun)

    A person who performs menial/routine tasks, dogsbody

  3. jackal(Noun)

    A person who behaves in an opportunistic way; especially a base collaborator.

  4. jackal(Noun)

    A jack (the playing card.)

  5. jackal(Verb)

    To perform menial or routine tasks

Webster Dictionary

  1. Jackal(noun)

    any one of several species of carnivorous animals inhabiting Africa and Asia, related to the dog and wolf. They are cowardly, nocturnal, and gregarious. They feed largely on carrion, and are noted for their piercing and dismal howling

  2. Jackal(noun)

    one who does mean work for another's advantage, as jackals were once thought to kill game which lions appropriated

Freebase

  1. Jackal

    Although the word jackal has often been used historically to refer to many small- to medium-sized species of the wolf genus of mammals, Canis, today it most properly and commonly refers to three species: the black-backed jackal and the side-striped jackal of sub-Saharan Africa, and the golden jackal of northern Africa and south-central Eurasia. The black-backed and side-striped jackals are more closely related to each other than they are to the golden jackal, which is closer to wolves, dogs, and coyotes. Jackals and coyotes are opportunistic omnivores, predators of small- to medium-sized animals and proficient scavengers. Their long legs and curved canine teeth are adapted for hunting small mammals, birds, and reptiles, and their large feet and fused leg bones give them a physique well-suited for long-distance running, capable of maintaining speeds of 16 km/h for extended periods of time. Jackals are crepuscular, most active at dawn and dusk. Their most common social unit is that of a monogamous pair which defends its territory from other pairs by vigorously chasing intruding rivals and marking landmarks around the territory with their urine and feces. The territory may be large enough to hold some young adults which stay with their parents until they establish their own territories. Jackals may occasionally assemble in small packs, for example, to scavenge a carcass, but they normally hunt either alone or in pairs.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

jackal(noun)

a type of wild animal similar to a dog or wolf.

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