dire wolf


Definition of dire wolf

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

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Recent Examples on the Web In addition to her new throne, Turner also has a more permanent reminder of her time on the show: a dire wolf tattoo on the back of her arm. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Sophie Turner Is Reunited with Sansa's Throne from Game of Thrones Finale: 'Welcome Home'," 23 Aug. 2020 But dire wolves—oversized, extra-powerful wolves—are real. National Geographic, "In Game of Thrones fans’ pursuit of real-life dire wolves, huskies may pay the price," 6 May 2019 Howard has scanned items ranging in size from squirrel and rabbit bones to a bison's rib, as well as jaw and long bones from dire wolves, horses, big cats, camels and coyotes. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Preserving the unique history of the La Brea Tar Pits," 11 Oct. 2019 In the warehouse’s sculpting area, creatives carefully attach fur to an animatronic dire wolf — an extinct, prehistoric carnivore — often stringing just 10 strands of hair through the needle at a time. Dom Difurio, Dallas News, "The Dallas suburb of Allen is growing up, and so are its dinosaurs," 23 Feb. 2020 Handle the tooth The scientists studied more than 700 fossil teeth collected from La Brea that once belonged to various herbivores as well as saber-tooth cats, American lions, dire wolves, cougars, coyotes, and grey wolves. John Pickrell, National Geographic, "Saber-tooth surprise: Fossils redraw picture of the fearsome big cat," 5 Aug. 2019 The third season of Riverdale doesn't premiere until October 10, so there's plenty of time for showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa to work in a dire wolf subplot. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Cole Sprouse Bonds with Wolf Dogs at a Sanctuary in Alberta, Canada," 16 July 2018 Cats like the saber-tooth, lion, and cougar hunted in forests, while canine species like the dire wolves hunted bison and horses in open fields. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Fossilized teeth of Ice Age predators yield clues to why certain species survived," 6 Aug. 2019 But dire wolf aside, let’s not kid ourselves that Harington did a fraction of the dramatic heavy lifting required of Porter and Madden on their first-year shows. Glenn Whipp, latimes.com, "Which 'Game of Thrones' actors deserve Emmy nominations for its final season?," 5 June 2019

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1925, in the meaning defined above

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“Dire wolf.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dire%20wolf. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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