from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun Any of several mammals of the genus Canis of Africa, Asia, and southeast Europe, that are chiefly foragers feeding on plants, small animals, and occasionally carrion.
- noun One who seeks to gain advantage or profit from the difficulties of another.
- noun One who performs menial tasks for another.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A kind of wild dog somewhat resembling a fox, which inhabits Asia and Africa; one of several species of old-world fox-like
Canidæ, of the genus Canis, as C. aureus of Asia, or C. anthus of Africa.
- noun Hence Any one who does dirty work for another; one who meanly serves the purpose of another.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Zoöl.) Any one of several species of carnivorous animals inhabiting Africa and Asia, related to the dog and wolf. They are cowardly, nocturnal, and gregarious. They feed largely on carrion, and are noted for their piercing and dismal howling.
- noun colloq. One who does mean work for another's advantage, as jackals were once thought to kill game which lions appropriated.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun Any of several wild
caninespecies, native to the tropical Old World, smaller than a wolf.
- noun A person who performs menial/routine tasks,
- noun pejorative A person who behaves in an
opportunisticway; especially a base collaborator.
- noun slang, rare A
jack(the playing card.)
- verb To perform
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun Old World nocturnal canine mammal closely related to the dog; smaller than a wolf; sometimes hunts in a pack but usually singly or as a member of a pair
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
People need government to work for them, and this jackal is pleased that he and his party have been able to halt operations and progress.
Ventura says he's not seeking re-election because he doesn't want his family subjected to any more sniping from reporters, who he only half-jokingly suggested be required to wear the word jackal on their press passes.
Over time, the best hybrids might have been much more wolf than jackal overall while retaining certain jackal behavioral characteristic.
“Sha’arhar” is the jackal from the Pehlevi Shagál or Shaghál.
The jackal is the most widely distributed top predator in the ecoregion.
BRYAN: The jackal is the god of embalming, so he is actually there to protect what is inside the box.
Singh calls it a wolf, but in his diary1 he notes that it was probably a type of jackal, which is common to that region, rather than a true wolf.
Lower down a crocodile was lying on the bank sunning itself "Pull me out, pull me out!" called the jackal
He had been called a jackal by the papers -- but here were two who bore a clearer title to the name!
They were called jackal-eaters, and it was said that when an outsider was admitted to one of their bands he was given jackal's flesh to eat.