gray wolf

noun
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:
1805–15, Americanism

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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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