jackal
noun Etymology: Turkish çakal, from Persian shaqāl, of Indo-Aryan origin; akin to Sanskrit sṛgāla jackal Date: 1603 1. any of several small omnivorous canids (as Canis aureus) of Africa and Asia having large ears, long legs, and bushy tails 2. a. a person who performs routine or menial tasks for another b. a person who serves or collaborates with another especially in the commission of base acts

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  • jackal — [jak′əl, jak′ôl΄] n. pl. jackals or jackal [Turk chaqāl < Pers shagāl < Sans śrgālá] 1. any of several wild dogs of Asia and N Africa, mostly yellowish gray and smaller than the wolf: they often hunt prey in packs, generally at night, and… …   English World dictionary

  • 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

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  • jackal — (n.) c.1600, from Turk. çakal, from Pers. shaghal, from or cognate with Skt. srgala s, lit. the howler. Figurative sense of skulking henchman is from the old belief that jackals stirred up game for lions …   Etymology dictionary

  • jackal — ► NOUN ▪ a slender, long legged wild dog that often hunts or scavenges in packs, found in Africa and southern Asia. ORIGIN Turkish çakal …   English terms dictionary

  • Jackal — Taxobox name = Jackal image width = 250px image caption = A black backed jackal in Masaai Mara regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Mammalia ordo = Carnivora familia = Canidae genus = Canis genus authority = in part subdivision ranks =… …   Wikipedia

  • jackal — /jak euhl, awl/, 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. 2. a person who performs dishonest or base deeds as the follower or accomplice of another. 3. a… …   Universalium

  • jackal — paprastasis šakalas statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Canis aureus angl. Asiatic jackal; common jackal; golden jackal; jackal; northern jackal; oriental jackal vok. gemeiner Schakal; Goldschakal;… …   Žinduolių pavadinimų žodynas

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