wolverine

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noun wol·ver·ine \ˌwu̇l-və-ˈrēn\

Definition of wolverine

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wolverines

  1. 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 strengthb :  the fur of the wolverine

  2. 2 capitalized :  a native or resident of Michigan —used as a nickname

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Origin and Etymology of wolverine

probably irregular from wolv- (as in wolves)


First Known Use: 1574


WOLVERINE Defined for English Language Learners

wolverine

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Definition of wolverine for English Language Learners

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


WOLVERINE Defined for Kids

wolverine

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noun wol·ver·ine \ˌwu̇l-və-ˈrēn\

Definition of wolverine for Students

  1. :  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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