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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The wolverine can be heard vocalizing as the two scuffle. Laurel Andrews, Anchorage Daily News, "Watch a wolf and a wolverine fight over food in Denali National Park," 20 June 2018 The Canadian Rockies hold a huge number of carnivores—wolves, cougars, wolverine, lynx, coyote, marten, and smaller weasels. Christopher Solomon, Outside Online, "Humans Are Turning Mammals More Nocturnal," 14 June 2018 Race onlooker Sue Ward has been involved in mushing for years and was in town from Seward to watch the Iditarod start, wearing a kuspuk with wolverine fur. Annie Zak, Anchorage Daily News, "Citing dog deaths, PETA brings a protest to the Iditarod starting line," 4 Mar. 2018 Like the other members of their Mustelidae family that includes mink, wolverines and badgers, otters are stunningly efficient predators. Shanon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Otters making a welcome return to Texas waterways," 15 Feb. 2018 Apparently, the flight to Davos was a real delight, like being trapped in a steel tube with two wolverines and a hand grenade. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "I Think Mueller's Days Are Numbered," 29 Jan. 2018 The remaining mystery is that nobody knows how the wolverine reached California. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "New technology solves wildlife mysteries in California," 21 Jan. 2018 Alaskans were proud of his wolverine ferocity in the Senate. Author: Charles Wohlforth, Alaska Dispatch News, "Trump’s clumsy threats made Murkowski a political hero," 29 July 2017 The valley is home to mountain goats, minks, wolverines, wolves and other animals, including over 100 bird species. Neil Ever Osborne, Smithsonian, "A Paradise for Grizzly Bears Gets an Up-Close Look," 24 Oct. 2017

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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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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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