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jackal Syllabification: jack·al
Pronunciation: /ˈjak(ə)l/

Definition of jackal in English:

noun

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A slender, long-legged wild dog that feeds on carrion, game, and fruit and often hunts cooperatively, found in Africa and southern Asia.
  • Genus Canis, family Canidae: four species, including the golden jackal (C. aureus) and the black-backed jackal (C. mesomelas)
Example sentences
  • There are 36 species of Canidae, including dogs, wolves, coyotes, jackals and foxes.
  • Following on their heels are the predators of the savanna - lion, cheetah, wild dog, jackal, hyena and vultures.
  • Burrows which have been abandoned may be used for shelter by bats, ground squirrels, hares, cats, civets, hyenas, jackals, porcupines, monitor lizards, owls and warthogs.

Origin

Early 17th century: from Turkish çakal, from Persian šagāl. The change in the first syllable was due to association with jack1.

Words that rhyme with jackal

cackle, crackle, grackle, hackle, mackle, shackle

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