[wool-vuh-reen, wool-vuh-reen]
Also called carcajou. a stocky, carnivorous North American mammal, Gulo luscus, of the weasel family, having blackish, shaggy hair with white markings.
(initial capital letter) a native or inhabitant of Michigan (the Wolverine State) (used as a nickname).

1565–75; alteration of earlier wolvering (with -ine2 for -ing3), obscure derivative of wolf

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wolverine (ˈwʊlvəˌriːn)
Also called: glutton a large musteline mammal, Gulo gulo, of northern forests of Eurasia and North America having dark very thick water-resistant fur
[C16 wolvering, from wolf + -ing³ (later altered to -ine)]

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carnivorous mammal, 1619, alteration of wolvering (1574), of uncertain origin, possibly from wolv-, inflectional stem of wolf, or perhaps from wolver "one who behaves like a wolf" (1593).
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Example sentences
The wolverine is a powerful animal that resembles a small bear but is actually the largest member of the weasel family.
Collects comics, pretends he's wolverine and draws cartoons for a living.
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