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gray wolf

a wolf, Canis lupus, having a usually grizzled, blackish, or whitish coat: formerly common in Eurasia and North America, some subspecies are now reduced in numbers or near extinction.
Compare timber wolf.
Origin of gray wolf
1805-15, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for gray wolf
  • Some scientists have suggested that the red wolf is a hybrid of the gray wolf and the coyote, but that's been disputed of late.
  • The ancient wolf had a relatively broader, shorter head than the modern-day gray wolf.
  • The dire wolf was larger and more heavily built than the present-day gray wolf.
  • The tundra wolf is a subspecies of the gray wolf, and is found in the boreal forests of the world.

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