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Definition of Jackal

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nocturnal wild dog common to Asia and Africa; rascal, thief; menial worker
Jackal Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(n.)
One who does mean work for another's advantage, as jackals were once thought to kill game which lions appropriated.
  
(n.)
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.
  
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jackal
\jack"al`\ (?), n. [pers. shaghāl: cf. of. jackal, f. chacal; cf. skr. çr.gāla.]
1. (zo?l.) 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.
note: the common species of southern asia (canis aureus) is yellowish gray, varied with brown on the shoulders, haunches, and legs. the common african species (c. anthus) is darker in color.
2. one who does mean work for another's advantage, as jackals were once thought to kill game which lions appropriated. [colloq.] lytton.

Concise English-Irish Dictionary v. 1.1
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WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. 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
(synonym) Canis aureus
(hypernym) canine, canid
(member-holonym) Canis, genus Canis
Jackal Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
The jackal is a small omnivorous mammal of the genus Canis, which also includes the wolf and dog. While the word "jackal" has historically been used for many small canids, in modern use it most commonly refers to three species: the closely related black-backed jackal and side-striped jackal of sub-Saharan Africa, and the golden jackal of south-central Eurasia.

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