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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
First recorded in 1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Just then the long mourn of a timber wolf wailed in with the wind.

  • Still, a timber wolf is a beast I've no kind of use for in winter.

    For the Allinson Honor Harold Bindloss
  • Beyond all doubt the deer is the principal prey of the timber wolf.

    Wolf and Coyote Trapping A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
  • His chief enemies are the puma and the timber wolf, but they are seldom able to get him.

  • It took me years to get used to the idea of passing a timber wolf without looking around, but I learned to do it—because of you.

    Fanny Herself Edna Ferber
  • As I told you before, when the timber wolf gets his blood up he is absolutely fearless.

  • The roar of the river seemed louder now, and he could hear a timber wolf howling far off on the hillside.

    A Damaged Reputation Harold Bindloss
  • The big, grey, timber wolf still roamed the woods, although it soon disappeared before the oncoming wave of invading settlers.

    Blazing The Way Emily Inez Denny
  • A timber wolf, especially a solitary timber wolf, was a timid thing, yet this one feared neither man nor fire.

    The Wolves of God Algernon Blackwood
  • The trail lay long, unknown and untrodden, save by the timber wolf, panther and black bear.

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
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