Adjective "jackal" definition and examples

(Jackal may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ˈdʒakəl/

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Definitions and examples

noun

A slender long-legged wild dog that feeds on carrion, game, and fruit and often hunts cooperatively, found in Africa and southern Asia.
  1. 'Meat was abundant, for those who could catch it or wrest it from the competition, i.e. leopards and lions, not to mention hyenas, jackals, and vultures.'
  2. 'Following on their heels are the predators of the savanna - lion, cheetah, wild dog, jackal, hyena and vultures.'
  3. 'Waldi warns us not to set up our beds outside the camp tonight as hyenas and jackals prowl this area.'
  4. 'These forests are home to other unusual and endangered species, including the Asiatic jackal and silvered langur, many of which have also disappeared from Laos.'
  5. 'Canid rabies is commonly transmitted to cattle via the bite of carnivores such as jackals or dogs in Africa.'
  6. 'The savanna landscape supports a small antelope species called Grimm's duiker, side striped jackals, and rare birds including Denham's bustard.'

More definitions

1. any of several nocturnal wild dogs of the genus Canis, especially 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 person who performs menial or degrading tasks for another.

More examples(as adjective)

"heads can be jackal."

Origin

Early 17th century: from Turkish çakal, from Persian šagāl. The change in the first syllable was due to association with jack.