red wolf


: a wolf (Canis rufus synonym C. niger) originally of the southeastern U.S. that has been extirpated from most of its natural range

Examples of red wolf in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The site notes that the red wolf was extirpated from Alabama — meaning it was destroyed or completely removed from the state. Nick Patterson, al, 26 Jan. 2023 The red wolf species, one of two wolf species in North America, has a dangerously small population size and is listed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) Red List. Simrin Singh, CBS News, 1 June 2023 So a red wolf and a coyote can have offspring. Fionna M. D. Samuels, Scientific American, 5 Oct. 2022 Some of the animals were over half red wolf. Arkansas Online, 2 July 2021 The Akron Zoo welcomed the birth of eight endangered red wolf puppies, born on April 22 to mom, Juno, and dad, Waya. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 14 May 2021 Since the red wolf population at one time dipped to only a handful of breeding individuals, today's population isn't healthy by genetic standards. Elizabeth Preston, Discover Magazine, 25 Jan. 2012 The new red wolf yard will offer more space for breeding the critically endangered species. Megan Becka, cleveland, 6 Jan. 2022 The red wolf seems to be predominantly coyote, while coyotes themselves have wolf and dog ancestry. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 18 May 2011

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Word History

First Known Use

1840, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of red wolf was in 1840

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“Red wolf.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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