Definition of jackal noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈdʒækl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒækl//
; BrE BrE//ˈdʒækɔːl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒækɔːl//
Wild mammals
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a wild animal like a dog, that eats the meat of animals that are already dead and lives in Africa and Asia See related entries: Wild mammals Word Originearly 17th cent.: from Turkish çakal, from Persian šagāl. The change in the first syllable was due to association with jack.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: jackal