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dhole

[dohl]
noun
  1. a wild Asian dog, Cuon alpinus, that hunts in packs: an endangered species.
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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

Historical Examples

  • Sometimes it is called the dhole, sometimes the kholsun, and sometimes the buansuah.

    The Animal World, A Book of Natural History

    Theodore Wood

  • The really wild dogs of India,—the Dhole,—hunt by nose, and in packs.

    Dog Breaking

    William Nelson Hutchinson

  • "Thou dost not know the dhole, man with a wolf's tongue," said Won-tolla.

    The Second Jungle Book

    Rudyard Kipling

  • I will give no Word; but what is in thy stomach to do when the dhole come?

    The Second Jungle Book

    Rudyard Kipling

  • "The dhole do not turn and their throats are hot," said Kaa.

    The Second Jungle Book

    Rudyard Kipling


British Dictionary definitions for dhole

dhole

noun
  1. 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
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Word Origin

C19: of uncertain origin
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