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Noun: jackal  ja-kul
  1. 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
  2. A jackal native to Europe and Asia with a golden coat
    - Canis aureus, golden jackal
  3. A jackal native to Africa with a black back
    - Canis mesomelas, black-backed jackal
  4. A jackal native to Southern Africa with a stripe down its side
    - Canis adustus, side-striped jackal
  5. A canid living in the deserts of Northern Africa related to the goldn jackal and the grey wolf
    - Canis anthus, African golden wolf, Egyptian jackal, grey jackal

Derived forms: jackals

Type of: canid, canine

Part of: Canis, genus Canis

Encyclopedia: Jackal