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  1. (in the Cub Scouts) a pack leader.
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Origin of akela

after Akela, leader of the wolf pack in The Jungle Books by Kipling
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Examples from the Web for akela

Historical Examples

  • Akela occupied one of these, and the Cubs were divided into two groups.

    Stories of the Saints by Candle-Light

    Vera C. Barclay

  • So, on condition they get undressed in five minutes, Akela says "Yes."

  • She had often seen them run past, and now she stopped and asked Akela what they were.

  • Akela thought there was no hope of ever seeing the cap again on Andy's head.

  • There was a long hush, for no single wolf cared to fight Akela to the death.

    The Jungle Book

    Rudyard Kipling

British Dictionary definitions for akela


  1. British the adult leader of a pack of Cub ScoutsUS equivalent: Den Mother
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Word Origin

C20: after a character in Kipling's The Jungle Book (1894–95), who is the leader of a wolfpack
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