/ dʒækəl /
Množina reči jackal je jackals.
ETYM Pers. shaghâl: cf. Old Fren. jackal, French chacal; cf. Skr. çragâla.
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; SYN. Canis aureus.
Any of several wild dogs of the genus Canis, found in S Asia, S Europe, and N Africa. Jackals can grow to 80 cm/2.7 ft long, and have grayish-brown fur and a bushy tail.
The golden jackal C. aureus of S Asia, S Europe, and N Africa is 45 cm/1.5 ft high and 60 cm/2 ft long. It is grayish-yellow, darker on the back. Nocturnal, it preys on smaller mammals and poultry, although packs will attack larger animals. It will also scavenge. The side-striped jackal C. adustus is found over much of Africa; the black-backed jackal C. mesomelas occurs only in the S of Africa.