Definition of dingo in English:

dingo

Syllabification: din·go
Pronunciation: /ˈdiNGgō
 
/

noun (plural dingoes or dingos)

  • A wild or half-domesticated dog with a sandy-colored coat, found in Australia. It is believed to have been introduced by early Aboriginal immigrants.
    • 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.

Origin

late 18th century: from Dharuk din-gu 'domesticated dingo'.

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