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timber wolf

the gray wolf, Canis lupus, sometimes designated as the subspecies C. lupus occidentalis: formerly common in northern North America but now greatly reduced in number and rare in the conterminous U.S.
Origin of timber wolf
1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Of the greater beasts fewer but plenty—fox, and timber-wolf, and coyote, and still to-day an antelope here and there.

    Mariquita John Ayscough
  • There were footprints in the snow, evidently the tracks of a timber-wolf.

    In the Brooding Wild Ridgwell Cullum
  • Off to the left, among some thick bushes, he saw the lurking form of a timber-wolf.

    Forest Neighbors William Davenport Hulbert
  • This is a story of action and of the wide open, dominated always by the heroic figure of timber-wolf.

    Mistress Anne Temple Bailey
  • I myself fired at a timber-wolf on the outskirts of the homestead just a little while before your arrival.

    The Lady of North Star Ottwell J. Binns
  • No shot from a rifle, no mournful cry of timber-wolf could disturb the spell of nature like the jarring note of the human voice.

    The Heart of Unaga Ridgwell Cullum
  • His teeth flashed between his snarling lips like a timber-wolf's fangs.

    The Harbor Master Theodore Goodridge Roberts
  • "That's a big gray wolf—a timber-wolf, or lofer, as he's sometimes called," replied Dale.

  • And at that day the timber-wolf of the Green Mountains–a long, lean, gray creature as big as a mastiff–was much to be feared.

  • In more remote places there are the moose and caribou; the bear, mountain-lion, lynx or wildcat, and the timber-wolf.

    On the Trail Lina Beard and Adelia Belle Beard
British Dictionary definitions for timber-wolf

timber wolf

a variety of the wolf, Canis lupus, having a grey brindled coat and occurring in forested northern regions, esp of North America Also called grey wolf
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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