jackal

Definitions

  • The Little Jackal and the Camel
    The Little Jackal and the Camel
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n jackal 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
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Jackal (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.
    • Jackal One who does mean work for another's advantage, as jackals were once thought to kill game which lions appropriated.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n jackal 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. The jackals are of gregarious habits, hunting in packs, rarely attacking the larger quadrupeds, lurking during the day, and coming out at night with dismal cries. They feed on the remnants of the lion's prey, dead carcasses, and the smaller animals and poultry. The jackal interbreeds with the common dog, and may be domesticated. The wild jackal emits a highly offensive odor. From the popular but erroneous notion that the jackal hunts up the prey for the king of beasts, he has been called the “lion's provider.”
    • n jackal Hence Any one who does dirty work for another; one who meanly serves the purpose of another.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Jackal jak′awl a wild, gregarious animal closely allied to the dog—erroneously supposed to act as a lion's provider or hunting scout, hence a tool, a Parasite.
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Quotations

  • H. L. Mencken
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    “Democracy is also a form of religion. It is the worship of jackals by jackasses.”
  • Herman Melville
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    “Faith, like a jackal, feeds among the tombs, and even from these dead doubts she gathers her most vital hope.”
  • Ernest Hemingway
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    “Personal columnists are jackals and no jackal has been known to live on grass once he had learned about meat -- no matter who killed the meat for him.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pers. shaghāl,: cf. OF. jackal, F. chacal,; cf. Skr. çṛgāla,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Pers. shaghāl.

Usage

In literature:

In many quarters he is better known as the English Jackal.
"The Lighted Match" by Charles Neville Buck
A party of five lions were pursued like so many jackals.
"Narrative of a Mission to Central Africa Performed in the Years 1850-51, Volume 2" by James Richardson
But if these jackals break down the confidence of the people in the administration, volunteering ceases and we have no army.
"The Victim" by Thomas Dixon
To the inhabitants of hot countries, the jackal is of the same service as the vulture and the hyena.
"Stories about Animals: with Pictures to Match" by Francis C. Woodworth
If only I dared leave the place, I'd ride to Rosario, but the instant we vacated it, those yellow jackals down yonder would come swarming in.
"The Border Boys Across the Frontier" by Fremont B. Deering
This picture of Belgium and its jackals is doubtless only too true.
"Raemaekers' Cartoons" by Louis Raemaekers
Douglas is dead and the jackal is trying to wear the lion's skin.
"The Southerner" by Thomas Dixon
If there should follow a thousand swords to carry my bones away, Belike the price of a jackal's meal were more than a thief could pay.
"Lyra Heroica" by Various
It was like a mountain tiger attacked by jackals.
"By Right of Conquest" by G. A. Henty
Now it happened that very day the Jackal had invited all his friends to come and feast there.
"Tales of Wonder Every Child Should Know" by Various
The domestic dogs of Nubia and certain mummified forms are closely related to jackals.
"Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon" by Robert A. Sterndale
As the jackals of the jungle sacrificial offerings steal!
"Maha-bharata" by Anonymous
If the landlord is not able to induce the new-comer to drink, the "Jackal," or the porter, is called in.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
These once stately ant-homes metamorphosed into caves, form homes for the jackals and large serpents of the plains.
"The Human Side of Animals" by Royal Dixon
Thou wilt only be a jackal, eating what the lion leaves.
"Bubbles of the Foam" by Unknown
The Jackal ran up and down, here and there, but for a long time could find nothing to eat.
"Childhood's Favorites and Fairy Stories" by Various
I'll stow it in the woods, and stroll here at night to listen to the jackals at their banquet.
"Alroy The Prince Of The Captivity" by Benjamin Disraeli
God-forsaken plains, with only the howling jackal and the screaming vulture to pick their bones.
"The Mask" by Arthur Hornblow
The next moment I saw that the creature was a jackal, and scarcely worthy of a shot.
"In the Wilds of Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
Ben said it was wolves or jackals.
"Ran Away to Sea" by Mayne Reid
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In poetry:

When t' quartern loaf were raised to one and four,
We'd watter-brewis, swedes stown out o' t' field;
Farmers were t' landlords' jackals, an' us poor
Tewed in Egyptian bondage unrepealed.
"The Hungry Forties" by F W Moorman
New spoils! In herds, elephants, jackals, pards,
For anguish of such fate their enmity
Laying aside, burst for the river wide
Which flows between fair isles: in company
As friends they madly flee!
"Grisma; Or The Season Of Heat" by Edwin Arnold
``Dig her a grave where she stood and fell,
'Gainst the jackal's scratch and the vulture's smell.
Did the Muscovite men like their maidens fight,
In their lines we had scarcely supped to—night.''
"The Last Redoubt" by Alfred Austin
Oh, my dearest hasten, hasten! It is lonely here. Already
Have I heard the jackals' first assembling cry,
And among the purple shadows of the mangroves and the marshes
Fitful echoes of their footfalls passing by.
"Ojira, To Her Lover" by Laurence Hope
I am faint with love and longing, and my burning eyes are gazing
Where the furtive Jackals wage their famished strife,
Oh, your shadow on the mangroves! and your step upon the sandhills,--
This is the loveliest evening of my Life!
"Ojira, To Her Lover" by Laurence Hope
Were I laid away in the furrows deep
Secure from jackal and passing plough,
Would your eyes not follow me still through sleep
Torment me then as they torture now?
Would you ever have loved me, Golden Eyes,
Had I done aught better or otherwise?
"Thoughts: Mahomed Akram" by Laurence Hope

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The Elmira Jackals host their ECHL South Division Rivals, the Greenville Road Warriors, at 7:05 pm tonight at First Arena.
Reading Royals 2, Elmira Jackals 1 (OT).
During the weekend, set a budget for yourself, stick to it and hope your fellow bridesmaids don't turn on you like a pack of drunken jackals.
Greg Kahn/Staff Everblades' Leigh Salters (24) takes a punch from Elmira's Jarrett Rush (5) during the first period as the Florida Everblades hosted the Elmira Jackals in Game 3 of their ECHL Eastern Conference semifinal series.
All Jackals broadcasts begin 10 minutes prior to faceoff with "The Jackals Pre-Game Show.".
The Elmira Jackals beat the Greenville Road Warriors by a 2-1 score on Wednesday night at First Arena.
Reading's Jesse Todd, left, and Elmira's Dustin Gazley fight for control of the puck during the Royals' 2-1 victory over the Jackals.
Offstage, Matt's surplus of anxieties manifest themselves in dangerous sleepwalking episodes, where he unconsciously acts out his nightmares, such as being chased by a jackal.
This is also where he has his first sleepwalking experience — when he becomes convinced that a hamper in their bedroom is a jackal.
The Jackals roster is nearly set.
The Elmira Jackals were defeated by the Florida Everblades 6-3 on Wednesday night at Germain Arena.
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