wol·​ver·​ine ˌwu̇l-və-ˈrēn How to pronounce wolverine (audio)
plural wolverines
plural also wolverine
: 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
: the fur of the wolverine
capitalized : a native or resident of Michigan
used as a nickname

Illustration of wolverine

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  • wolverine 1a

Examples of wolverine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks on Friday filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service after the agency in November moved to list wolverines in the contiguous U.S. as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Chris Woodward, Washington Examiner - Political News and Conservative Analysis About Congress, the President, and the Federal Government, 31 Jan. 2024 Michigan has in the past tried to bring wolverines to Ann Arbor, bringing two from the Detroit Zoo to Michigan Stadium on game days in 1927, only to find that the ferocious and surprisingly large wolverines weren't exactly friendly. NBC News, 9 Jan. 2024 In addition to the rare opportunity to enter the wolf enclosure and meet these remarkable creatures, the park hosts deer, lynx, reindeer, wolverine, Arctic fox, and the brown bear. David Nikel, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2024 Several sightings of an elusive wolverine in May in California’s High Sierra sparked a flurry of excitement. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, 11 Mar. 2024 Read more Step aside, wolves: The next Colorado wildlife reintroduction could be the elusive wolverine Colorado could return another native carnivore to its mountains if state lawmakers pass a bill allowing for the reintroduction of wolverines. The Denver Post, 9 Mar. 2024 The agency said the new closure would provide refuge for wildlife like mountain goats, lynx and wolverines. Nicole Blanchard, Idaho Statesman, 31 Jan. 2024 The long slender blades, like the claws of a giant wolverine, are stacked in the port of New Bedford, ready to be barged out to sea and assembled onto turbines that believers say will help power America’s future. Alfredo Sosa, The Christian Science Monitor, 17 Jan. 2024 In addition to caribou, the park’s many mammal species include moose, grey wolves, brown bears, wolverines, arctic foxes, snowshoe hares and muskox, which are native to Alaska. Eve Chen, USA TODAY, 13 Jan. 2024

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Word History


probably irregular from wolv- (as in wolves)

First Known Use

1574, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of wolverine was in 1574

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“Wolverine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wolverine. Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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wol·​ver·​ine ˌwu̇l-və-ˈrēn How to pronounce wolverine (audio)
plural wolverines also wolverine
: a mostly dark brown mammal with shaggy fur that is related to the weasels, martens, and sables, eats flesh, and is found chiefly in northern forests

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