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wolverine

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noun wol·ver·ine \ˌwu̇l-və-ˈrēn\

Simple Definition of wolverine

  • : a strong animal with brown fur that lives in North America

Full Definition of wolverine

plural wolverines

  1. 1 plural also wolverine a :  a carnivorous usually solitary mammal (Gulo gulo) of the weasel family of northern forests and associated tundra that is dark brown with a light brown band on each side of the body and is noted for its strength b :  the fur of the wolverine

  2. 2 capitalized :  a native or resident of Michigan —used as a nickname

Illustration of wolverine

Origin of wolverine

probably irregular from wolv- (as in wolves)


First Known Use: 1574



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