jackal


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jack·al

 (jăk′əl, -ôl′)
n.
1. Any of several mammals of the genus Canis of Africa, Asia, and southeast Europe, that are chiefly foragers feeding on plants, small animals, and occasionally carrion.
2.
a. One who seeks to gain advantage or profit from the difficulties of another.
b. One who performs menial tasks for another.

[Turkish çakal (influenced in English by Jack, man, fellow), from Persian šaghāl, from Middle Indic sigāl, from Sanskrit śṛgālaḥ, of unknown origin.]

jackal

(ˈdʒækɔːl)
n
1. (Animals) any of several African or S Asian canine mammals of the genus Canis, closely related to the dog, having long legs and pointed ears and muzzle: predators and carrion-eaters
2. a person who does menial tasks for another
3. a villain, esp a swindler
[C17: from Turkish chakāl, from Persian shagāl, from Sanskrit srgāla]

jack•al

(ˈdʒæk 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.
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.
[1595–1605; < alter. of Persian shag(h)āl]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.jackal - Old World nocturnal canine mammal closely related to the dogjackal - 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
canid, canine - any of various fissiped mammals with nonretractile claws and typically long muzzles
Canis, genus Canis - type genus of the Canidae: domestic and wild dogs; wolves; jackals
Translations
إبْن آوى
šakal
sjakal
شغال
lierosakaali
sakál
sjakali
šakalas
šakā-lis
šakal
šakal

jackal

[ˈdʒækɔːl] Nchacal m

jackal

[ˈdʒækɔːl] nchacal m

jackal

nSchakal m

jackal

[ˈdʒækɔːl] nsciacallo

jackal

(ˈdʒӕkoːl) , ((American) -kl) noun
a type of wild animal similar to a dog or wolf.
References in classic literature ?
But Faith, like a jackal, feeds among the tombs, and even from these dead doubts she gathers her most vital hope.
There's a pretty fellow, now, he banteringly laughed, standing in the ship's bows, there's a jackal for ye
At last, it began to get about, among such as were interested in the matter, that although Sydney Carton would never be a lion, he was an amazingly good jackal, and that he rendered suit and service to Stryver in that humble capacity.
Who are we, the Gidur-log [the jackal people], to pick and choose?
His nostrils dilated like those of a wild beast that scents its prey, and his lips, half opened, disclosed his white teeth, small and sharp like those of a jackal.
Remember how the Persians say: The jackal that lives in the wilds of Mazanderan can only be caught by the hounds of Mazanderan.
And upon a night when the jackal of the Moon [the Evening Star] stood clear of the Jungle, he felt that his Night was upon him, and he went to that cave to meet the Hairless One.
Any one who could, at that moment, have seen the face of the unhappy man glued to the wormeaten bars, would have thought that he beheld the face of a tiger glaring from the depths of a cage at some jackal devouring a gazelle.
Presently he found it beneath a picture of another little ape and a strange animal which went upon four legs like the jackal and resembled him not a little.
Was it a fierce tiger of crime, which could only be taken fighting hard with flashing fang and claw, or would it prove to be some skulking jackal, dangerous only to the weak and unguarded?
After we had eaten, I added to the pile of firewood so that I could replenish the fire before the entrance to our barricade, believing this as good a protection against the carnivora as we could have; and then Ajor and I sat down before it, and the lesson proceeded, while from all about us came the weird and awesome noises of the Caspakian night--the moaning and the coughing and roaring of the tigers, the panthers and the lions, the barking and the dismal howling of a wolf, jackal and hyaenadon, the shrill shrieks of stricken prey and the hissing of the great reptiles; the voice of man alone was silent.
The Lion went once a-hunting along with the Fox, the Jackal, and the Wolf.