dire wolf


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

Examples of dire wolf in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Thousands of years ago, prey animals fell into the seeps, made a ruckus, and attracted predators such as the saber-tooth cat and the dire wolf. Matt Hrodey, Discover Magazine, 3 Aug. 2023 But an international team of scientists reported in the journal Nature that the first sequencing of the dire wolf genome showed an unexpectedly large genetic separation between the two species, big enough that the dire wolf is not just a separate species but a separate genus. Star Tribune, 28 Jan. 2021 Sabertooth cats also lived among the dire wolf, stag-moose, muskox, giant short-face bears, bison, and mammoth. Steven Hill, Field & Stream, 4 Apr. 2023 The study Perri participated in opens up whole new avenues of investigation into the life and evolution of the dire wolf. Connor Lynch, Discover Magazine, 14 Dec. 2022 That means their extinction left behind no hybridized offspring that could have passed on traces of dire wolf DNA to living canines. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 Jan. 2021 One of the most bizarre aspects of dire wolf evolution is their solitary presence in the Americas. Connor Lynch, Discover Magazine, 14 Dec. 2022 The ambush predators were previously presumed to be in competition with another iconic Ice Age predator, the dire wolf. Connor Lynch, Discover Magazine, 21 Dec. 2022 Tell him about how the dire wolf thinks that the horse is his mother. Charlie Dektar, The New Yorker, 19 Oct. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1925, in the meaning defined above

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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 26 May. 2024.

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