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dire wolf

noun
1.
an extinct wolf, Canis dirus, widespread in North America during the Pleistocene Epoch, having a larger body and a smaller brain than the modern wolf.
Origin of dire wolf
1920-1925
1920-25; from the NL specific epithet dirus inspiring dread; cf. dire
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