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jackal

[ jak-uhl, -awl ]
/ ˈdʒæk əl, -ɔl /
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noun

any of several nocturnal wild dogs of the genus Canis, especially C. aureus, of Asia and Africa, that scavenge or hunt in packs.
a person who performs dishonest or base deeds as the follower or accomplice of another.
a person who performs menial or degrading tasks for another.

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Origin of jackal

1595–1605; < alteration, by association with Jack, of Persian shag(h)āl; cognate with Sanskrit śṛgāla
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British Dictionary definitions for jackal

jackal
/ (ˈdʒækɔːl) /

noun

any of several African or S Asian canine mammals of the genus Canis, closely related to the dog, having long legs and pointed ears and muzzle: predators and carrion-eaters
a person who does menial tasks for another
a villain, esp a swindler
C17: from Turkish chakāl, from Persian shagāl, from Sanskrit srgāla
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