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Meaning of jackal

jack•al

Pronunciation: ( jak'ul, -ôl), [key]
— n.
  1. any of several nocturnal wild dogs of the genus Canis, esp. C. aureus, of Asia and Africa, that scavenge or hunt in packs.
  2. a person who performs dishonest or base deeds as the follower or accomplice of another.
  3. a person who performs menial or degrading tasks for another.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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