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gray wolf

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 of gray wolf
An Americanism dating back to 1805-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Now a rustling was heard, and out came a gray wolf and looked at them.

    Five Mice in a Mouse-trap Laura E. Richards
  • The common coyote is like a small and delicate edition of the gray wolf.

    Boy Scouts Handbook Boy Scouts of America
  • gray wolf, leader of the pack, had taken up the trail of a lynx.

  • gray wolf did not cower, nor did his staunch heart fail him.

  • Whenever he meets the gray wolf he tears him to smithereens.

    Two Boys in Wyoming Edward S. Ellis
  • Throughout the West there are two sorts of wolves—the coyote and the gray wolf.

    The Story of the Outlaw Emerson Hough
  • Instead he flew at the men with the savageness of a gray wolf.

    The Pagan Madonna Harold MacGrath
  • Do you want me to put myself within reach of the gray wolf's paws?

    The Doomsman Van Tassel Sutphen
  • I again heard a gray wolf howl as I was sinking off to sleep.

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