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noun Jack"al`
  1. [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.
  2. One who does mean work for another's advantage, as jackals were once thought to kill game which lions appropriated.(Colloq)

Note: ☞ The common species of Southern Asia (Canis aureus) is yellowish gray, varied with brown on the shoulders, haunches, and legs. The common African species (Canis anthus) is darker in color.

Etymology: Pers. shaghāl: cf. OF. jackal, F. chacal; cf. Skr. çṛgāla

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  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

From Turkish çakal, from Persian شغال (šağâl), from Sanskrit सृगाल (sṛgālá, “jackal”)

  1. Any of certain wild canids of the genus Canis, native to the tropical Old World and smaller than a wolf.
  2. A person who performs menial/routine tasks, a dogsbody.
  3. (pejorative) A person who behaves in an opportunistic way; especially a base collaborator.
  4. (slang, rare) A jack (the playing card.)

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The Jackal is an assassination. The is also known as Alexander James Quentin Duggan, Per Jensen, Marty Schulberg, and Andre Martin.


Her most notable accomplishments were from 1911 to 1925. Jackie was given the name Anna Jackal on October 6th, 1892 in Philadelphia. Jackie is also known as Jacqueline Saunders and Jacqueline Saunders Cohen. She passed away on July 14th, 1954.


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Fun Facts about the name Jackal

  • When was the first name Jackal first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Jackal is Wednesday, February 11th, 1931.
  • How unique is the name Jackal? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Jackal. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Jackal: Your name in reverse order is Lakcaj. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Cjalak. How do you pronounce that?

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