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

 

jackal

 noun
noun
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 Origin early 17th cent.: from Turkish çakal, from Persian šagāl. The change in the first syllable was due to association with jack.
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