American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A wild Asian dog (Cuon alpinus) having reddish fur and usually hunting with a pack.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A kind of East Indian dog, the wild dog of the Deccan, Canis dukkunensis. It is of moderate size and a rich bay color. It hunts in packs, and is capable of running down large game.
- n. An Asian wild dog, Cuon alpinus.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A fierce, wild dog (Canis Dukhunensis), found in the mountains of India. It is remarkable for its propensity to hunt the tiger and other wild animals in packs.
- n. fierce wild dog of the forests of central and southeast Asia that hunts in packs
- Perhaps from Kannada tōḷa, wolf. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I am inclined to believe that the 'dhole' is not particularly ceremonious, but will, when opportunity offers, and a meal is wanting, obtain it at the expense of the neighbouring village.”
“The speed of the 'dhole' is so strongly marked in his form as to render it probable no animal in the catalogue of game could escape him for any distance.”
“It is probable that the 'dhole' is the principal check on the multiplication of the tiger; and, although incapable individually, or perhaps in small numbers, to effect the destruction of so large and ferocious an animal, may, from their custom of hunting in packs, easily overcome any smaller beast found in the wilds of India.”
“The peasants likewise state that the 'dhole' is eager in proportion to the size and powers of the animal he hunts, preferring the elk to every other kind of deer, and particularly seeking the royal tiger.”
“I have had opportunity to notice, in the last several months, that grief comes in different layers, sort of strata if you will, and that as dhole can tell you from a different perspective, the layers don't really settle into flat, perfectly even planes that can be lifted out neat and whole.”
“Other notable mammals include carnivores, such as leopard Panthera pardus, wild dog or dhole Cuon alpinus (VU), leopard cat Felis bengalensis, fishing cat F. viverrina (LR), Javan mongoose Herpestes javanicus and several civets, including binturong Arctictis binturong.”
“A dhole pack with delusions of grandeur fails to take Mowgli and his wolves into account.”
“The man hastily gave the hard-to-please expert four dhole legs and a fur pelt taken from the dogs red abdomen.”
“I dont think dhole can survive in this hilly environment,' proclaimed a visiting Russian scientist, and there was a growing fear among conservationists that the evidence gathered during the first search was not from dholes but another species of pack dogs.”
“Several days later, the appearance of dhole in Quang Tri Province was officially recognised by the Wildlife Conservation Society, which published the news on their website.”
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