noun, plural dingoes.
a wolflike, wild dog, Canis familiaris dingo, of Australia, having a reddish- or yellowish-brown coat.
Australian. a cowardly or treacherous person.

1789; < Dharuk din-gu tame dingo

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dingo (ˈdɪŋɡəʊ)
n , pl -goes
1.  a wild dog, Canis dingo, of Australia, having a yellowish-brown coat and resembling a wolf
2.  slang (Austral) a cheat or coward
vb , -goes, -goes, -going, -goed
3.  a.  to act in a cowardly manner
 b.  to drop out of something
4.  (foll by on) to let (someone) down
[C18: native Australian name]

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1789, Native Australian name, from Dharruk (language formerly spoken in the area of Sydney) /din-go/ "tame dog," though the English used it to describe wild Australian dogs. Bushmen continue to call the animal by the Dharruk term /warrigal/ "wild dog."
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