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[woo l-vuh-reen, woo l-vuh-reen] /ˌwʊl vəˈrin, ˈwʊl vəˌrin/
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).
Origin of wolverine
1565-75; alteration of earlier wolvering (with -ine2 for -ing3), obscure derivative of wolf Unabridged
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Examples from the web for wolverine
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for wolverine


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

carnivorous mammal, 1610s, alteration of wolvering (1570s), of uncertain origin, possibly from wolv-, inflectional stem of wolf; or perhaps from wolver "one who behaves like a wolf" (1590s).

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