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 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 In the winter of 1919, the settlement of Anadyr, just below the Arctic circle, was a cluster of cabins: storehouses of fox, bear, and wolverine pelts; the offices of a few fur companies; and the imperial Russian administrator’s post. Bathsheba Demuth, The New Yorker, "When the Soviet Union Freed the Arctic from Capitalist Slavery," 15 Aug. 2019 For animals like wolverines and monarch butterflies, this could be the beginning of the end. Adam Aton, Science | AAAS, "New Trump rules would curb U.S. endangered species protections," 12 Aug. 2019 Examples include wolverines, alligators and ocelots. Gary Singer, sun-sentinel.com, "Ask a real estate pro: Can my neighbor keep a pet chimpanzee at home?," 25 July 2019 Four European brown bears, five wolves, two Eurasian lynx and two wolverines will make their home at Bear Wood. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Wolves and Bears Are Being Returned to a Rare Patch of Ancient Woodland in Britain," 23 July 2019 Mark Ross, wearing the wolverine fur, is a naturalist at Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge in Fairbanks. Anchorage Daily News, "A 60-mile walk under the midnight sun, with no stops for sleep," 22 June 2019 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

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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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23 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Wolverine.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wolverines. Accessed 5 December 2019.

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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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