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Definition of JACKAL

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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. (Zool.) 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 v.0.48 [gcide]

70 Moby Thesaurus words for "jackal":
     African hunting dog, Cape hunting dog, adherent, apple-polisher, ass-licker, backscratcher, backslapper, bootlick, bootlicker, brown-nose, brownie, brush wolf, clawback, courtier, coyote, creature, cringer, dingo, disciple, dummy, dupe, fawner, figurehead, flatterer, flunky, follower, footlicker, fox, gillie, goon, groveler, handshaker, hanger-on, helot, henchman, hyena, instrument, kowtower, lackey, led captain, lickspit, lickspittle, lobo, man, mealymouth, medicine wolf, minion, myrmidon, peon, prairie wolf, puppet, reynard, satellite, serf, slave, spaniel, stooge, suck, sycophant, thug, timber wolf, timeserver, toad, toady, tool, truckler, tufthunter, votary, wolf, yes-man

Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]

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