noun (plural dingoes or dingos)
1A wild or half-domesticated dog with a sandy-coloured coat, found in Australia.
- Canis dingo, family Canidae
More example sentences
- Because they prey on calves and sheep, dingoes and wild dogs are viewed as a threat to livestock.
- The dingo, a wild dog, is thought to have contributed to the tiger's demise on mainland Australia and in Papua New Guinea.
- Australia has long battled its native wild dog the dingo, but now domestic hunting dogs have bred with dingoes to produce a larger, aggressive feral dog.
late 18th century: from Dharuk din-gu 'domesticated dingo'; sense 2 dates from the mid 19th century and alludes to the treachery popularly associated with the dingo.