Definition of dhole in English:


Pronunciation /dōl/ /doʊl/

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  • An Asian wild dog that has a sandy coat and a black, bushy tail and lives in packs.

    Cuon alpinus, family Canidae

    ‘Highly predaceous canids that invariably hunt in social packs include the African hunting dog, Lycaon pictus, and the dhole, Cuon alpinus.’
    • ‘The two ambushing pantherine felids appeared to prefer foraging in densely covered settings and the dhole in open spaces.’
    • ‘The dholes and jaguar were alert though, and already got the jackal who had an unhealthy interest in the horses surrounded.’
    • ‘‘The tiger, dhole and elephant populations, although secure for the moment, may be more vulnerable because of the relatively small size of the park,’ the centre noted.’


Early 19th century of unknown origin.