- a wild Asian dog, Cuon alpinus, that hunts in packs: an endangered species.
Origin of dhole
1827; said to be the indigenous name of the animal, though apparently not attested in Indo-Aryan or Dravidian languages
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Examples from the Web for dhole
Sometimes it is called the dhole, sometimes the kholsun, and sometimes the buansuah.The Animal World, A Book of Natural History
The really wild dogs of India,—the Dhole,—hunt by nose, and in packs.Dog Breaking
William Nelson Hutchinson
I will play with the dhole at twilight, for the dhole hunts best by day.
"Thou dost not know the dhole, man with a wolf's tongue," said Won-tolla.
"Chil does not leave a dead ox, nor the dhole the blood-trail," said Kaa.
- a fierce canine mammal, Cuon alpinus, of the forests of central and SE Asia, having a reddish-brown coat and rounded ears: hunts in packs
C19: of uncertain origin