dire wolf


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.

Nearby words

  1. diradical,
  2. dirae,
  3. dirdum,
  4. dire,
  5. dire dawa,
  6. direc. prop.,
  7. direct,
  8. direct access,
  9. direct action,
  10. direct address

Origin of dire wolf

1920–25; from the NL specific epithet dirus inspiring dread; cf. dire

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