dire wolf

noun

: a large extinct wolflike mammal (Canis dirus) known from Pleistocene deposits of North America

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Tell him about how the dire wolf thinks that the horse is his mother. Charlie Dektar, The New Yorker, 19 Oct. 2022 Tell him about the horse and the dire wolf cub’s unlikely friendship. Charlie Dektar, The New Yorker, 19 Oct. 2022 For instance, using Snapchat to drop a dire wolf into your living room could demonstrate its size and strength much more powerfully than a description in a textbook could. Sam Jones, Scientific American, 10 Mar. 2022 Earlier excavations in White Sands National Park have uncovered fossilized tracks left by a saber-toothed cat, dire wolf, Columbian mammoth and other ice age animals. Wire Reports, oregonlive, 25 Sep. 2021 Earlier excavations in White Sands National Park have uncovered fossilized tracks left by a saber-toothed cat, dire wolf, Columbian mammoth and other ice age animals. Wire Reports, oregonlive, 25 Sep. 2021 Earlier excavations in White Sands National Park have uncovered fossilized tracks left by a saber-toothed cat, dire wolf, Columbian mammoth and other ice age animals. Wire Reports, oregonlive, 25 Sep. 2021 Earlier excavations in White Sands National Park have uncovered fossilized tracks left by a saber-toothed cat, dire wolf, Columbian mammoth and other ice age animals. Wire Reports, oregonlive, 25 Sep. 2021 Earlier excavations in White Sands National Park have uncovered fossilized tracks left by a saber-toothed cat, dire wolf, Columbian mammoth and other ice age animals. Wire Reports, oregonlive, 25 Sep. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1925, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dire wolf was in 1925

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“Dire wolf.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dire%20wolf. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

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