Canis anthus
Jackal Jack"al`, n. [Pers. shagh[=a]l: cf. OF. jackal, F. chacal; cf. Skr. [,c][.r]g[=a]la.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Zo["o]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. [1913 Webster]

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 ({Canis anthus}) is darker in color. [1913 Webster]

2. One who does mean work for another's advantage, as jackals were once thought to kill game which lions appropriated. [Colloq.] --Ld. Lytton. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Jackal — Jack al , n. [Pers. shagh[=a]l: cf. OF. jackal, F. chacal; cf. Skr. [,c][.r]g[=a]la.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of several species of carnivorous animals inhabiting Africa and Asia, related to the dog and wolf. They are cowardly,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Африканский волк — большой шакал (Canis anthus Cuv., С. lupaster Ehr. et Hempr.), похож по внешнему виду на европейского волка, но меньше него. Мех темно бурый. Хвост пушистый и большею частью висит вниз, но иногда загнут дугой вверх. О других признаках и родстве с …   Энциклопедический словарь Ф.А. Брокгауза и И.А. Ефрона

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