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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wolverine 1a

Examples of wolverine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In North America, the wolverine's southernmost range touches Yellowstone National Park, according to the National Wildlife Federation. Tim Fitzsimons, NBC News, 12 Mar. 2022 The wolverine weighed 28 pounds and measured 41 inches in length. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 14 Mar. 2022 According to officials, Utah DWR set up traps using two sheep hindquarters as bait and caught the wolverine on March 11. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Mar. 2022 Utah state officials have captured a live wolverine and fitted it with a GPS collar for the first time ever in the state. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Mar. 2022 The fisher has made a name for itself for being a vicious predator, akin to a wolverine, by attacking creatures sometimes larger than itself. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 26 Mar. 2022 Biologists sedated the wolverine, a male about 3 or 4 years old, and performed a general exam. NBC News, 15 Mar. 2022 After spotting a wolverine running through the snow, the searchers contacted DWR rather than shoot the rare predator. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 14 Mar. 2022 Scientists in Utah have captured, collared and released a wolverine for the first time. Stephen Smith, CBS News, 16 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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“Wolverine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wolverine. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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

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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