wol·​ver·​ine | \ ˌwu̇l-və-ˈrēn How to pronounce wolverine (audio) \
plural wolverines

Definition of wolverine

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 capitalized : a native or resident of Michigan used as a nickname

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Examples of wolverine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some highlights: Our boss shares in a story about a wolverine encounter in Glacier National Park. oregonlive, "Your memorable animal encounters: Peak Northwest podcast," 30 Apr. 2020 One set of wolverine tracks and a half-dozen old marten crossings was the extent of life. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "A musher who never intended to run the Iditarod ends his race in rainy Unalakleet," 28 Mar. 2020 While Dall sheep move down the mountain in winter, whitetails are left to fend for themselves against the ermine and wolverines that rely on them for protein. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, "A long-awaited visit from whitetail ptarmigan leads to a moment captured forever," 26 Jan. 2020 Idaho’s research will focus on the McArthur Lake area, which serves as a link between the Selkirk and Cabinet mountains used by grizzly bears, wolverine and elk. USA TODAY, "Peacock problems, avocado threat, weedy sea dragons: News from around our 50 states," 17 Feb. 2020 The wolverine, an increasingly rare sighting in the lower 48 states, is also a member. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Unlike Packers' 'Yellow weasel' call, real weasels are actually quite formidable," 15 Jan. 2020 Park wildlife biologist John Waller says officials are interested in sightings of rare animals like lynx, bears and wolverines, as well as common animals like deer. USA TODAY, "Moon trees, moon film, monk honored: News from around our 50 states," 23 July 2019 The crew chased off the wolverine with a garden hose. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "State warning: That animal killing chickens and rabbits in Anchorage is a wolverine," 14 Nov. 2019 Before California’s population ballooned to roughly 40 million people, fur trapping played a significant role in the extirpation of wolves and wolverines and the severe declines of sea otters, fishers, martens, beavers and other fur-bearing species. Los Angeles Times, "California becomes first state to ban fur trapping after Gov. Newsom signs law," 4 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of wolverine

1574, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for wolverine

probably irregular from wolv- (as in wolves)

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The first known use of wolverine was in 1574

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10 May 2020

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“Wolverine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wolverine. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of wolverine

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


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Kids Definition of wolverine

: a mostly dark brown wild animal with shaggy fur that resembles a small bear but is related to the weasel, eats meat, and is found chiefly in the northern forests of North America

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