from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several doglike mammals of the genus Canis of Africa and southern Asia that are mainly foragers feeding on plants, small animals, and occasionally carrion.
- n. An accomplice or a lackey who aids in the commission of base or disreputable acts.
- n. One who performs menial tasks for another.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of several wild canine species, native to the tropical Old World, smaller than a wolf.
- n. A person who performs menial/routine tasks, dogsbody
- n. A person who behaves in an opportunistic way; especially a base collaborator.
- n. A jack (the playing card.)
- v. To perform menial or routine tasks
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. One who does mean work for another's advantage, as jackals were once thought to kill game which lions appropriated.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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.
- n. Hence Any one who does dirty work for another; one who meanly serves the purpose of another.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. 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
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.