Jackál. n.s. [chacal, French.] A small animal supposed to start prey for the lyon.
The Belgians tack upon our rear,
And raking chase-guns through our sterns they send:
Close by their fireships, like jackals, appear,
Who on their lions for the prey attend. Dryd. Ann. Mirab.
The mighty lyon, before whom stood the little jackal, the faithful spy of the king of beasts. Arbuth. and Pope's M. Scrib.