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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 ?
I went to see them when the vultures and the jackals had done their work.
Are we all jackals, to fawn on this cattle butcher?
Let them be, my friend," said Don Quixote; "this insult is the penalty of my sin; and it is the righteous chastisement of heaven that jackals should devour a vanquished knight, and wasps sting him and pigs trample him under foot.
I gives the wolves and the jackals and the hyenas in all our section their tea afore I begins to arsk them questions.
I listened, wondering, As on it crept: at first a gentle sigh, Like as a spirit passing; then it swelled Into the roaring of great waves that smite The broken vanguard of the cliff: the rage Of storm-black tigers in the startled night Among the jackals of the wind and rain.
The Trojans had gathered round Ulysses like ravenous mountain jackals round the carcase of some horned stag that has been hit with an arrow--the stag has fled at full speed so long as his blood was warm and his strength has lasted, but when the arrow has overcome him, the savage jackals devour him in the shady glades of the forest.
But the Hunt pays us to kill mad jackals," said Farag's uncle.
The men wint back into the tents like jackals, an' the rest av the night there was no noise at all excipt the stip av the sinthry over the two, an' Scrub Greene blubberin' like a child.
The frogs struck in their guttural soprano, redoubled by the yelping of the jackals, while the imposing bass of the African lion sustained the accords of this living orchestra.
he died very quietly, and I buried him deep, with big boulders on his breast; so I do not think that the jackals can have dug him up.
Norman of Torn could not have translated this feeling into words for he did not know, but it was the far faint cry of blood for blood and with it, mayhap, was mixed not alone the longing of the lion among jackals for other lions, but for his lioness.
I mean to use the scourge whenever I can seize the opportunity, but you will find the jackals at my heels, nevertheless, whenever I choose to whistle.